Life’s swell on Christmas Island – Citizen Science Week – Flying-fox research

By Australian Geographic | February 14, 2019

Have you ever wanted to make a real contribution to conservation and science? Well, this is your chance!

Have you ever wanted to make a real contribution to conservation and science? Well, this is your chance!

Join ecologist & PhD candidate Annabel Dorrestein for a private, one-on-one week (just you, and a friend/partner if you like) on Christmas Island (CI) and contribute hands-on to her fascinating study of the endemic and largely unstudied Christmas Island flying-fox – the most adorable and naturally chilled, happy bat you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn all about their unique behaviour (including flying during the day), but you’ll be helping Annabel catch these winged teddy-bears (they’re surprisingly docile and placid – not like their mainland cousins!) and tag them with state-of-the-art satellite trackers, and also help her locate previously tagged bats to download their data in the field! On top of all this, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Island blue-tailed skink breeding program (they’re extinct in the wild) and CI National Park’s fabulous bird rehabilitation centre!

Combined with other daily guided activities to jungle waterfalls and secluded beaches, this trip offers you the chance to unwind at the end of each unforgettable day in the private luxury of Swell Lodge, with our personal chef cooking dinner for you on your oceanfront deck. This exclusive experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

One guest $7245, two guests $4830 ($AUD per guest, all-inclusive stay).

Citizen Science Week: 19-26 March 2019.

For more visit Swell Lodge.