The new revised, updated, and greatly expanded third edition of the Flying-fox Manual (v3) is published on USB sticks and prints out to the equivalent of 1728 A4 pages, and is lavishly illustrated with 1178 photos and illustrations. The purpose of this manual is to provide an up to the minute and comprehensive reference guide for flying-fox carers (both novice and seasoned veterans), veterinarians, students, field workers, and anyone generally interested in the rehabilitation, conservation, and welfare of flying-foxes in Australia. As with previous versions, this work is divided into sections (now numbering seven): home; introduction (general information on flying-foxes); hand-rearing orphans; adult flying-fox care; health and treatment; the other megabats (blossom & tube-nosed bats); and appendices.


New to v3 is the search bar function, making finding specific subjects by search term or keyword a breeze. Combined with over 12,000 internal links, many print-friendly charts, and at least four navigational methods on every page. This electronic book is both easy to read and navigate, meaning that all information is simply accessed or printed out with the click of a mouse. This manual (v3) is, and will be, an ongoing work, with regular updates, changes, and additions planned as and when collective knowledge advances and dictates. Unlike previous editions (whereby the end-user had to wait years between each version to come out on CD or USB), regular downloadable updates via an easily affordable subscription option will keep your manual current and up to date.

The manual is available as USB, direct download or PDF on the ordering page here

About the author

My name is Dave Pinson and I was born in the UK; gaining a distinction in Animal Husbandry from the City & Guilds of London, before moving to Australia in 1983. I have been working extensively with flying-foxes since 1998 in NSW and QLD, and am currently residing in the Daintree in far north Queensland with my partner, Connie Kerr. This manual is a culmination of years of experience, research and communication with experienced carers, vets, scientists and other experts in their fields. Over 70 people have contributed knowledge, expertise, photos and feedback, and this publication would have been impossible to produce without that generous input.


The author (that would be me) in Cairns next to one of my photos used by Cairns Council. Photo by Connie Kerr

Environmental Considerations


In producing the finished product, I have tried wherever possible to minimise environmental impact and eliminate all single-use plastic. All internal plastic components of the USB drive are 100% recycled plastic. The Danish-produced presentation boxes are ECO-friendly, and FSC ® certified with the paper and cardboard sourced from FSC renewable sources. The glue is also 100% eco-friendly. The outer bag (to protect the box) is from UK company Transpack, and the inner bag (to protect the USB stick) is from Flashbay. Both are entirely created from biodegradable and compostable plant material - namely: 100% cornstarch, beetroot and potatoes. When composted, microbial action breaks them down into carbon dioxide and water - not microplastics.