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Revised draft A Guide to the Use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Sciences submission

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B. Please provide contact details

Personal information provided, e.g. contact details, will only be used for the purposes of developing resources relevant to this consultation document and will not be disclosed outside of members of NHMRC staff and NHMRC Committees. Such Information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose, without prior written consent.

Organisation Name: 
Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld. Inc.
E. Specific comments
Specific comments: 
Bats

Captive Husbandry. Instead of 5 grams of voghurt or milk powder being added to fruit, we would prefer to see a product such as Wombaroo High Protein Supplement used at a rate of 10 grams per bat per day.

 

Bats

It is important that both fresh and lightly salted water is available to flying-foxes at all times.

Bats

The provision of enrichment for captive bats is vital as they are very intelligent mammals. Enrichment is important to ALL captive bats regardless of the number of bats housed.

Enrichment can come in many forms such as 14mm polyester ropes, branches and native blossom, bird toys, shade cloth covered pool noodles, fruit chunks on hanging skewers presented as kebabs, whole fruits such as mangoes, pears and apples strung on wire lines and blankets/towels to shelter in. All of these additions will help to keep curious, active minds challenged and it will help to prevent boredom and the resultant mental anguish and frustration suffered by flying-foxes that have no access to enrichment.

Bats

As bats are flying mammals, we consider the population density for the allocated area is far too high a number. We suggest a density of 40 to 50 animals housed in this space to be more appropriate.

Page reviewed: 24 April, 2014