Jenny Maclean founded Tolga Bat Hospital in the Wet Tropics more than 20 years ago to take care of bats paralysed by native ticks.
The bat hospital has grown in a sprawling fashion from what was once simply Jenny’s brick home. In the mid-1980s, a localised problem of bats coming into contact with native paralysis ticks was noticed on the Atherton Tablelands, 50km south-west of Cairns. Jenny, now 60, moved to Atherton to start a physiotherapy business shortly after finishing university in Brisbane.
Normally, Jenny’s team of volunteers deals with about 1200 flying-foxes each year.