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WIRES warns thousands of flying foxes could die during current heatwave

Thursday, December 19, 2019

WIRES is warning that thousands of flying-foxes are expected to perish over the next week as temperatures across Australia continue to soar.

WIRES NSW flying-fox coordinator Storm Stanford said colonies across the Eastern states have been under stress for months due to ongoing food shortage and drought. Mass deaths have already occurred in Northern and Southern NSW.

With drought-stressed eucalypts producing little or no nectar or not flowering at all, flying-foxes have vacated many established colonies and flown south in search of food or to escape the bushfires.

“Our flying-foxes are in the worst situation I have ever seen with underweight and dying pups that have been abandoned by their mothers as nature’s way of encouraging them to at least save themselves,” said Stamford. “These next few days will literally see thousands more adult females and their young impacted by heat stress.”

“And this is at a time when we most need this next generation of our natural pollinators to help regenerate the 2.7 million hectares of bushland in NSW already burnt out.”

Flying-fox pup rescued from Northern NSW colony in care with WIRES (photo credit WIRES Jenny Beatson)  read more

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