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Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country where this podcast was recorded, home of the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role First Nations People continue to play within the Sunshine Coast community.

Welcome to Bat Pod! Sunshine Coast Council’s choose your own adventure podcast about flying-foxes. If you are aged 10 to 15 then this is the RIGHT mission for you! 

We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the planet – we’ve got the stunning coastline and breathtaking hinterlands – the Sunshine Coast really is paradise… 

So it’s not surprising other creatures want to live here too – but sometimes, they actually have no choice. Like for flying-foxes – they’re living closer to humans because of habitat loss across Australia. 

These animals are vital to our environment – however, they can be noisy, smelly and messy neighbours.

So join me, Tyron, and the team at Sunshine Coast Council as we try to problem solve ways to live alongside these animals peacefully. 

Key points from this episode:

•Flying-foxes are also known as bats or fruit bats because they eat fruits, nectar and pollen.

•They’re mammals, they usually give birth to one live young per year. 

•They are part of the order Chiroptera, which means they’ve got hand wings – and have five digits.

•On the Sunshine Coast we have three main flying-fox species – the little red flying-fox, the black flying-fox and the grey headed flying-fox. 

•The Sunshine Coast region is made up of land of two First Nations groups – the Kabi Kabi and the Jinibara people. They’ve been here for tens of thousands of years.

•Flying-foxes are the main night time pollinators – which means many species of plants rely on them.  

•Flying-foxes play a vital role in the pollination and seed dispersal of more than 100 plant species . 

•Without flying-foxes there would be no Koalas.

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