The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost Bat, (Macroderma Gigas) has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of biosonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats are able to detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark.

The ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super-sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still an adorable creature to behold and definitely worth a second look. Living in a few remote locations in the northern regions of Australia, the Ghost Bat is the only carnivorous bat species we have on our great southern land. Sensitive to habitat disruption the GB is now listed as threatened.

 

The Ghost Bat – An Australian Mammal

Like all bats, the Ghost bat has the unique ability to manoeuvre itself through the night, dodging objects and mapping pathways through thick forest, grasslands and backyards. Using echolocation – a type of bio sonar where animals use sound waves, hearing and vibrations to map out surrounding areas, bats are able to detect objects as small as a human hair in the dark, echolocation is like seeing with sound.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and pigmy style nose but he is – his body is smalll – the name Ghost Bat is given to these night time cuties because of the soft transparency of their wings that glow white in the night sky.

The Ghost Bat may look a little bit odd with his super sized ears, and curios shaped nose but he is still a very cute creature to behold and definetely worth a second look

Learn More Here – The Nature Conservancy Australia

“The mission of ‘The Nature Conservancy’ is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

“Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.”

Find out more about the Ghost Bat as well as the role ‘The Nature Conservancy has in protecting Australian wildlife and habitat.

Learn More Here –
Ghost Bat: Meet Australia’s False Vampire

by Mathew L Miller

“Ghost bats belong to a group of bats known as false vampires. “False vampire bat” is a term applied to five genera of bats found in Asia, Africa, Australia and Central and South America.”

The artwork and illustrations are hand drawn by Emily as are all the artworks and graphics featured across the website.

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Colour A Frog Poster

Colour A Frog Poster

Colour Me A Frog

Frogs have existed on earth for 250 million years, outliving the dinosaurs and evolving into a myriad of species unique in colour, form and behaviours. Natural habitats rely on amphibians, and without them, the food chain becomes broken, and the habitats die.

More than 4,200 amphibian species are at risk of extinction due to disease, habitat destruction and pollution; that is almost half of all the known species of amphibians on the planet.

Colour Me In

Colour in your own frog and hang it on your wall.
Putting your poster up where people can see will help educate your friends and family about frogs and how important they are to the whole world.

Colour in your own frog and hang it on your wall.
The Healing Arts – Natural Medicine

The Healing Arts – Natural Medicine

Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a term that covers a broad range of practices including; dance, music therapy, art therapy, traditional oriental medicine and integrated remedial therapies like chiropractors and osteopathy and the use of natural medicines and remedies.

nat·u·ral
/ˈnaCH(ə)rəl/
adjective
  1. existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.
    “carrots contain a natural antiseptic that fights bacteria”

The myriad of super drugs we use daily came from the ancient forests and jungles we are destroying.

For the last few hundred years, Whiteman has wandered into the Jungles of South America, South East Asia and beyond to find cures to illness and ailments that plagued the industrial man.

It was the Shamans and medicine men and women of forests and jungles that provided the wisdom and knowledge to researches, helping them to find medicines that would change the way our world worked forever…

We may have synthesised the drugs, but we left the medicine behind.
In our hastiness to recreate and manufacture the wonder drugs of the rainforest to cure illnesses of the over consumer we made one fatal mistake; dividing chemical from healing, leaving behind the medicine of the natural world to turn a profit.
 

Over the next few hundred years, scientists and researches would synthesize organic compounds used by native peoples for tens of thousands of years into medicines as familiar as the General Anaesthetic and Quinene, found in traditional tonic water, used as a medicine for Malaria.

Most of the potent pharmaceuticals we rely on for the treatment of disease come from the jungles of the Amazon, the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar and the forests of ancient cultures around the world. Without the help of tribespeople, shamans, and mystics; our insight into the magical healing properties of plants and fungus would be nowhere near where it is today.

The relationship medicine men and women have with the natural world has taken millennia to evolve, and it’s a relationship sustained through custom, respect, and balance. What is sought must be given back, and the peoples of the rainforest acknowledge the finite balance of all living things.

This is something we are only just starting to grasp as we watch our beloved world being plundered of natural resources, all the while none of us are really cured of anything – because truthfully you cannot heal a broken heart with a packet of pills, you need Mother Nature for that.

Drugs we rely on for the treatment of Leukaemia, Cancer, HIV, Malaria, Parkinson’s disease and even your birth control have all been sourced from the ancient forests of the world.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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