As you know, Bat World is a sanctuary, a safe-haven for displaced and abused bats. Bats who arrive at Bat World are restored to good health and released back to the wild, and when this is not possible they are allowed to live the remainder of their lives in with us, in peace and harmony in a simulated, natural environment. We have provided permanent sanctuary to non-releasable bats for over 20 years now, and sadly, we have reached near maximum capacity.
The time is upon us to raise the funds to build a new facility. Bat World’s efforts in limiting the stream of bats from entering the corrupt pet trade continues, by taking in female fruit bats to limit breeding stock. With zoo closures across the country, there are many more bats in need of placement. Additionally, bats retired from research need help to recover from the pain and suffering they were forced to endure.
My beloved father, Major Luther Lollar, succumbed to Parkinson’s on November 16th, 2012. His $100,000 legacy to me, the total of his net worth, I have signed over to Bat World Sanctuary. I share this personal information with you because I see that good people everywhere are uniting to help bats, and I want to do everything I possibly can, with everything that I have, to make a difference for the bats we all love so much.
We have until January 10th, 2013, to elicit the funds needed to win the Mozilla Firefox Challenge. $50,000 will go to the organization that secures the highest amount of donations, with $30,000 and $20,000 going to the respective 2nd and 3rd place winners.
If we can win the first place prize of $50,000 and raise an additional $100,000, together with the additional $100,00 from the sale of my father’s property, that will give us $250,000—enough for a new facility. The planned new facility will be built on Bat World’s property, land that was purchased early this year with donations that many of you sent last year to help support Lil Drac and his kind.
Can we do this?? ABSOLUTELY!
Just think about it for a moment—we have 34,000 Facebook followers… if only ¼ of us -or 8,500 people- each donated $12.00, we would have the funds to build a new Bat World facility.
I have dedicated my life to these magnificent, charming ‘fairies of the woods’, and so many of you have come to embrace them as well. I think Bat Peeps are one of the strongest “species sponsors” in the world. There has never been a group so compelled to represent the most misunderstood animal on the planet, and you not only do it with your words, you have done it with your hearts. Please, please, please help us make this happen for the bats.