Microbats, or Microchiroptera, which translates as ‘small hand-wing’, are nocturnal insectivorous flying mammals found worldwide. Within the suborder Microchiroptera, there are six families of microbats, and sixty species, making up one fifth of all mammal species found in Australia.
Microbats are seen uncommonly entering into care for rehabilitation by wildlife carers. There are a number of reasons for this – mainly their small size precluding their survival when exposed, traumatised or predated upon and their small size results in them being overlooked. However, some do survive their injuries and can be released. Improving their level of care during rehabilitation may make a difference to those individuals.
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