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“A real privilege to see these wonderful creatures up close” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BatReach

Ranked #9 of 28 things to do in Kuranda
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Owner description: Fruit bat rehabilitation center
Nerja, Spain
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A real privilege to see these wonderful creatures up close”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2009

We were very pleasantly surprised to come across this place down a quiet lane in touristy Kuranda. As well as the obvious attraction of seeing these amazing animals at close proximity, we learnt such a lot about them in such a short period of time. We found our experience here much more enjoyable and interesting than our visit to one of Kuranda's other attractions for which we paid a fair whack.

It was also very inspiring to meet someone so passionate about wildlife, who has clearly dedicated her life to the bats' cause. The world needs more people like this lady.

Pay the bats a visit and (it goes without saying) leave a donation to help this worthy cause.

1 Thank Lisa_Nerja
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2008

My favorite Kuranda visit. Pam was so generous with her time, so informative, and so gentle and caring with her charges. It was quite moving. And the flying foxes were fascinating and delightful. While I was there, a permanent resident managed to open a container and sneak a biscuit. Pam let him cling to her shirt, and fed the rest to him while he chomped away. Then she gave his ears a good rub, and he scrunched up his eyes in delight. Honestly, would you ever imagine a bat to be so cute, intelligent, social and puppy-like? Pam and her charges are amazing ambassadors for much maligned bats. If you're ever in Kuranda, don't miss them!

3 Thank peargrin
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“amazing volunteer opportunities!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2007

I stayed with Pam at batreach and volunteered for two weeks and it was the best volunteer abroad experience I've had. She makes you feel like part of her family, cares the utmost for the animals, and surrounds you with other helpful volunteers that welcome you with open arms. You learn so much about the animals and have great hands-on experiences with them too. Plus she takes care of more than just bats--she also does small marsupials, rodents, and much much more. The days are pretty easy-going and kuranda is a great little town to hang out in with the tourists. I loved it so much I'm going back next year!

2 Thank missyophd
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“Cute animals, and very informative visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2007

If you are in Kuranda, you should definetly check if Bat-reach is open, and go visit if it is. When I was there Pam showed the four different species of Flying Foxes, and one micro-bat (great photo-ops) and told all about where and how they live. She obviously know and love these beautiful creatures well.

Entrance is free, but if you can, do make a donation to help the bats!

1 Thank gffwvvs
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Zion National Park, Utah
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“Check out a great wildlife rehabilitation center for flying foxes (fruit bats)!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2007

If you're going to Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland, Australia, you should definitely check this wildlife rehabilitation center out! Are you interested in Australian wildlife? Do you want to meet some incredible individuals up close? Drop by and visit BatReach!

Most travelers visiting Australia come from areas without flying foxes, or fruit bats. These bats are entirely different from the bats most of us are used to at home. Flying foxes (so-called because their faces resemble the face of a fox) are much larger than the micro-bats found in Europe and the Americas. Their populations are in decline, so Pam, owner and caregiver at BatReach, has dedicated her time and home to caring for orphaned and injured bats. She takes in many babies each year that are orphaned when their mothers are bitten by ticks that cause paralysis (and death for baby and mother if not found quickly by volunteers) and raises them to adulthood, when they are released back into the surrounding rainforest. Raising an orphaned bat, some not more than days old, requires around-the-clock care, with feedings usually every three hours. She also takes in injured bats and nurses them to health. If possible they are released, and otherwise they have a permanent home at the center. Pam also takes in a variety of other wildlife, though visitors are normally only shown the most exciting occupants, the bats.

Visiting BatReach is free, and you can help by donating any amount for the care of the bats as well as by buying shirts, cards, and more from the small gift shop. Pam usually opens her doors to the public most days of the week in the afternoon. When you arrive in Kuranda, go to the visitors center right next to the park in the center of town (where most buses stop) and ask for more information. Kuranda makes a great day trip or overnight trip, with many cute shops, galleries, and attractions to keep you busy.

I was last in Australia in November 2005 when I met Pam. My friend and I stayed with her for two weeks to help care for the orphaned bats, and it was one of the best experiences in my four month trip. You can inquire about volunteering if you are interested; I'm not sure about her current needs but she is definitely kept busy with so many animals to care for. Be sure to pay a visit though when you're in Kuranda. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet some of Australia's native wildlife up close!

6 Thank wildmttrail18
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