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Extreme heat causes mass deaths of keystone species 

On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress.

As the temperatures reach these levels the bats start to move down the trees as they begin to have difficulty regulating their body temperature. The young pups will succumb first and begin falling from the trees to the ground where they will quickly de-hydrate and die. 

On January 7th this is what began to happen in the early afternoon. Local WIRES volunteers were monitoring several colonies across the Sydney basin and in the early afternoon arrived at some of the camps to see the young pups dropping to the ground in the hundreds. This occurred at colonies in Campbelltown, Parramatta Park, Yarramundi, South Creek and Emu Plains.

Teams were mobilised at both sites and all our vaccinated rescuers who were available began to triage those who had a chance at survival. More than 40 young flying-fox pups were taken into critical care from the two camps and heartbreakingly some of those lives have also been lost despite the best care possible. Little 'Yoghurt' above is one fo the lucky ones who is currently in care and at this stage doing OK. 

On the day many hundreds of young pups were able to be re-hydrated and reunited with parents and credit goes to our amazing volunteers who worked outside in the 45 degree heat to do what they could to help ensure more lives were not lost.

Meanwhile our volunteers continue to monitor the colonies and even on Wednesday - 3 days later more bodies were still being recovered as even more weakened animals succumb to ongoing stress. We estimate the number of bats lost in these five colonies alone to be approaching 1000, with hundreds more bodies still in the trees too high to be recovered.

Many other species were also being helped by WIRES over the weekend, possums with burnt feet and many heat stressed birds including one Gang Gang cockatoo.

Everyday heroes come in many forms. Some people look out for our wildlife and call WIRES when they find an animal in need of help. Others are able to volunteer their time to become carers for orphaned, injured and displaced animals.

But some of our greatest heroes are our Virtual Carers and donors that provide ongoing financial support. 

Please give what you can to our current appeal, as we experience what is already shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record.


On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress.

We have over 50 young pups in care and we estimate in excess of 1000 lives were lost across 5 colonies in the Sydney basin.

Please help if you can as each of these events stretches our resources.