Trial Begins for First Autonomous Flying-Fox Cooling Technology

Trial Begins for First Autonomous Flying-Fox Cooling Technology

Sunshine Coast Council officers have installed a new flying-fox Heat Stress Autonomous Response Unit which will be trialled over the coming summer season and could be implemented across Australia.

Mr Tyron de Kauwe, Sunshine Coast Council's Conservation Officer, said that the Heat Stress Autonomous Reponse Unit has been developed in partnership with Sunshine Coast businesses and researchers. The unit uses solar-powered Wi-Fi connected misting technology to cool down flying-foxes in the event of a heat wave.

He said that advice and guidance was also provided by local flying-fox heat stress advisors, Rachel Lyons, who is a trauma carer with Wildlife Australia and Sunshine Coast wildlife veterinarian, Dr Tania Bishop.

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