, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 682–687 | Cite as

Conservation Values and Risk of Handling Bats: Implications for One Health Communication

  • C. N. Crockford
  • A. J. Dean
  • S. Reid
  • J. H. DeanEmail author
Short Communication


Flying-foxes provide critical ecosystem services, but their role as hosts to zoonotic pathogens may undermine conservation support. We surveyed 214 residents of Cairns, Australia, regarding their perceptions about health risks associated with flying-foxes and support for flying-fox conservation. Greater likelihood of handling a flying-fox was associated with lower knowledge about risks, greater conservation support, and environmental organization membership. Respondents less likely to seek medical attention after a minor scratch tended to be younger, unemployed and perceive lower risk. Individuals who support flying-fox conservation should be one group targeted in One Health communication integrating health and conservation messages.


Flying-foxes Zoonoses One Health Risk perception Benefit perception Conservation values 



The authors wish to acknowledge the Cairns Regional Council for its support and assistance in participant recruitment to this survey.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. N. Crockford
    • 1
  • A. J. Dean
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. Reid
    • 1
  • J. H. Dean
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Communication and Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, School of Biological SciencesThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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