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Because of You, They Live

On this Giving Day, September 20, 2018, we want to say THANK YOU. Your support has been critical to our mission of saving bats around the world.

Our Giving Day goal is lofty – $50,000 toward the lifetime care of “The Michigan 90”, fruit bats who were rescued earlier this year from dire conditions. Any amount you can give will help us save lives and will count towards North Texas Giving Day. Even $5, the cost of a fancy coffee, will mean more than you may realize. You can schedule a donation now, or donate on Giving Day tomorrow. An additional email will be sent tomorrow morning.

Thank you, in advance, for the lives that will be saved through your compassionate support. 
 

NTGD 2018 LIVE FEED

Here is the link to the LIVE FEED DUNK TANK, where we promise to make this very special for our donors! Each staff member will get a throw for every $1,000 received. The more you donate, the soggier we get!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION THROUGH GIVING DAY
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION THROUGH BATWORLD.ORG

***IF FOR ANY REASON THE CAMERA FEED BELOW GOES OUT, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR LIVE FEED VIA FACEBOOK***

Here is a summary of what your donations will provide for the bats:

$25 = 1 box of bananas (312 boxes needed annually)
$50 = 1 box apples (364 needed annually) or 1 box sweet potatoes (104 annually)
$100 = 2 boxes of pears (104 needed annually)
$250 = 40,000 meal worms (24 needed annually)
$750 = 5 days of food for both the fruit and insect eating bats
$1,500 = 10 days of food and medication for the sanctuary bats & those we rescue
$4,000 = 30 days of food and medication for the sanctuary bats & those we rescue
Thank you for watching, everyone!

North Texas Giving Day – this is where your money goes

As most of you know, North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 20th! This year we are trying to raise $50,000 toward our ultimate goal of $250,000 for the lifetime care of the Michigan 90.

In addition to supporting The Michigan 90 with your donation, we also have a special Dunk Tank event planned with the staff of Bat World Sanctuary taking turns to dunk their boss, Founder and President Amanda Lollar. We will broadcast the dunking via Facebook Live and on this page at batworld.org. In addition to THAT, don’t forget that you can also watch us LIVE from 8am until 11am-noon CST on this link. Please tune in for the fun!


On a more somber note, we are also asking for donations to be made in Memory of Peekaboo, who was among the first to greet The Michigan 90 when they arrived.

Even though she is gone, Peekaboo will forever be a part of everything we do at Bat World Sanctuary.
 
 
 
 
 
The videos below highlight just some of the work we have done for bats this year. Another reminder will be sent on Wed., the 19th as well as the morning of Giving Day.

Thank you, in advance, for all you allow us to do for the bats with your support.

 

 

 

NTGD is on the way!

North Texas Giving Day (September 20th) is just one week away! Please mark your calendars, but if you prefer not to wait, scheduled giving is now available!  Click here to schedule a donation that will be processed on September 20th.

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO
In March of 2018, we rescued 90 fruit bats from a life of neglect after the small zoo where they lived was forced to close. Many of these bats were old and infirm, and with other various issues. When the bats arrived we were both joyous and saddened at the same time. We were joyous to give these bats a new lease on life with all the enrichment they deserve, but sad to see that many were emotionally and physically neglected. Some bats were thin and balding, and three of the elderly bats had toenails that were so long they had to be physically cut out of the mesh crate in which they arrived. These bats were unable to unhook their feet from the mesh ceiling in order to invert and go to the bathroom, so they were forced to soil themselves (a problem we corrected for them). Almost all of the bats were emotionally or physically scarred, but thanks to your support, they are now thriving and seem incredibly happy. These 90 bats have a lifespan of 25 years or more. Our goal for Giving Day is to raise $50,000 toward our goal of raising $250,000 for the lifetime care of “The Michigan 90“. Having the funds in place to provide for their food and medical care for life is critical. It is our guarantee to them that they will never again have to suffer.

WATCH US EARN YOUR SUPPORT IN REAL TIME!
On Giving Day we will give you the opportunity to watch us earn your support LIVE from 8:00 am until noon CST as we go through our daily routine here at the sanctuary cleaning enclosures, hand-feeding bats and preparing bat food. The link to watch us live while we earn your support will be sent to you on the morning of September 20th.

As an added bonus… if we are successful in raising $50,000 on Giving Day (insert drum roll) the Bat World Board, staff and volunteers will take turns trying to dunk Founder and President Amanda Lollar by way of a dunking booth that will be provided by a fun-loving donor. The event will be broadcast live as well. ☺
 
 
 
Plus, a pub quiz!
We are also excited to be part of the Cidercade’s “11 days of giving” event leading up to North Texas Giving Day! If you’re in Dallas that day, please drop in to Bishop Cidercade, 2777 Irving Blvd in Dallas, from 5:00-9:00 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018. Sample some fabulous craft hard ciders and join us for a bat-themed pub quiz! We will be on hand to chat about bats (and maybe give a few quiz hints), and award prizes. It won’t be fun if you’re not there!

EVEN MORE GOOD STUFF!
Giving Day is our biggest day to raise funds. Every donation we receive on that day increases our chances of winning prize money ranging from $1,000 to $10,000! The total amount we raise will also be matched by up to 10% by local Texas foundations! Also, this year, we can accept donations via check, Paypal, Facebook, MightyCause, batworld.org or any other way you choose, and it will still count toward the total being raised on our NTGD link!
 
 
 
Thank you for being a part of our rescue efforts for bats! We could not do our job in saving these precious lives without you.

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Peekaboo

On August 2, 2018 we lost our precious Peekaboo, the smiling bat that we all loved so very much. Unbeknownst to us, Peekaboo had a genetic disorder called iron storage disease. Thankfully, this disease is painless; Peekaboo did not show the symptoms for over 8 years, and gave no indication that she did not feel well until the very end. Her loss is almost more than we can bear, but her Legacy will live on in the hundreds of pictures she allowed us to take, and seemingly posed for, over the past 8 years.

During her time with us, we were able to give her the best, most enriched life possible – a life where she never wanted for anything. For that we will always be grateful.

Peekaboo educated millions of people through Facebook and YouTube. We hope this video gives you a glimpse of the beautiful soul she was, and the joy she brought to so many people. Most of all, she educated millions of people to the wonder of bats through her online photos and “Happy Monday” posts on our Facebook page.

Donations received in Memory of Peekaboo will be used for the lifetime care of the Michigan 90. Peekaboo was among the first to welcome them when they reached Bat World Sanctuary.

Goodbye, precious, sweet, beloved Peekaboo. There will never be another like you.

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Celebrating Peekaboo’s Life

We have some very painful news to report.

We have lost our precious Peekaboo, the smiling bat that we all loved so very much. We are sending this one month after she passed away as it has been too painful to report before now. Unbeknownst to us, Peekaboo had a genetic disorder called iron storage disease. Thankfully, this disease is painless; Peekaboo did not show the symptoms for over 8 years, and gave no indication that she did not feel well until the very end. Her loss is almost more than we can bear, but her legacy will live on in the hundreds of pictures she allowed us to take, and seemingly posed for, over the past 8 years.

During her time with us, we were able to give her the best, most enriched life possible – a life where she never wanted for anything. For that we will always be grateful.

Peekaboo educated millions of people through Facebook and YouTube. We hope this video gives you a glimpse of the beautiful soul she was, and the joy she brought to so many people. Most of all, she educated millions of people to the wonder of bats through her online photos and “Happy Monday” posts on our Facebook page.

Donations received in Memory of Peekaboo will be used for the lifetime care of the Michigan 90. Peekaboo was among the first to welcome them when they reached Bat World Sanctuary.

Goodbye, precious, sweet, beloved Peekaboo. There will never be another like you.

Trash Can Baby, Statler’s Tree-House & More

SUMMER RESCUE NUMBERS
Summer is coming to a close and we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. This has been a grueling orphan season with non-stop calls and rescues throughout the months of June and July. We rescued over 300 adult and orphaned bats over a two-month period, as well as assisting in dozens of rescues throughout the US. The video below is of the last three juvenile free-tailed bats being tested for flight before they were released. Bats must sustain flight for a full 10 minutes and be able to dip and swoop before they are deemed releasable.  One of the three bats in flight is Echo, who was going to be thrown into the trash before a Good Samaritan rescued her and brought her to us.

BAT WORLD FEATURED ON THE DODO
We were lucky to be featured on The Dodo,  a site with over 20 Million followers. Here is a video they created of our rescue work.

STATLER’S TREE-HOUSE
The Michigan 90 continue to thrive in their new home. Below is a video of 33 year-old Statler’s progress and the tree house we created for him thanks to your support.

GOING INTERNATIONAL
Bat World Sanctuary is now joining forces with ReWild to help save bats in South Africa. ReWild has changed their name to Bat World ReWild (BWRW) to represent this exciting new venture. South African bats are in dire need of help; together we will be able to save more bats and help BWRW play a much bigger role in bat conservation in South Africa. Please join Director Jane Burd at Bat World ReWild and stay tuned for updates.


GIVING DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
September 20, 2018 is North Texas Giving Day! This year we will be raising funds to help us with the lifetime care of the Michigan 90. Please mark your calendars and please consider a donation on September 20th.

This year we hope to raise $50,000, with a special treat in store for our supporters if we make that goal. More to come on Giving Day so please stay tuned!

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The Michigan 90

One of the pitiful short-tailed fruit bats used as a fundraising tool by OBC.

It started with the rescue of 90 fruit bats from the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) after it suddenly closed due to allegations of  improprieties and a complete loss of funding.

For two decades we had watched the sad conditions of the bats being “used” in countless programs across the U.S., so we jumped at the chance to offer these bats lifetime sanctuary.

Taking on 90 additional mouths to feed was a daunting task but thanks to you—our wonderful supporters who helped us build a new, larger sanctuary—we have the room to accommodate these poor, unwanted souls. When the bats arrived we were both joyous and saddened at the same time. We were joyous to give these bats a new lease on life with all the enrichment they deserve, but sad to see how emotionally and physically neglected some of them appeared to be, and that many of the smaller bats were thin and balding.  Three of the elderly bats had nails that were so long they had to be physically cut out of the mesh crate in which they arrived.

Bats are exceptionally clean by nature but in order to maintain themselves they must be able to ambulate. Three bats were so accustomed to not being able to move about once they were placed in a certain location, they just hung in the exact same spot for hours on end. On the alleged instruction of the former director, their claws were purposely allowed to grow so they curled 270 degrees (3/4 of a circle) making it so they could barely move around.  Because of the severe, curled length of their toenails, the bats could not unlatch their toes from the cage ceiling to turn right-side up to relieve themselves, so they unwillingly soiled their bodies when they eliminated. It took several weeks of rehabilitating the bats (their behavior as well as their nails to help them understand that they are able to move freely on their own within our expansive enclosure, and that they can now invert when eliminating.

Along with other allegations of abuse and neglect, we later learned from a former staff member that one of the bats (called Coco) was allegedly kept in a broom closet for two years before finally being transferred to a different cage. The former staff member reported that she would leave the door of the closet open while she was there so the bat could receive fresh air.

We later learned that in 2012, OBC determined that Coco was going blind so she and her roost mate were moved to a small cage and kept in the aforementioned broom closet. Her roost mate died at some point, so Coco remained confined to the small cage alone because, under the instructions of the former OBC director, it was believed that she would ‘freak out” around other bats.

Coco is an elderly, critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bat. Along with her new life, we felt she deserved a new name so she is now called Chessie. She has literally thrived at Bat World Sanctuary.  Chessie thoroughly enjoys the endless enrichment provided on a daily basis, and appears to love the company of the bats that she nuzzles and snuggles with while sleeping.

Chessie at Bat World Sanctuary, exploring her new surroundings and making dozens of new friends.

Several of the 50 short-tailed fruit bats were pregnant on arrival. Two of the mothers abandoned their pups due to the stress of the transfer so their babies were hand-raised for eight weeks, then introduced to fruit when they were old enough to eat solid food. Pictured on the left is baby Bella, enthusiastically going for a meal of banana in goat’s milk.

When these tiny babies were able to fly, they rejoined their mothers and the rest of their colony in our indoor-outdoor flight enclosure.

The Michigan 90 have blossomed since arriving and they all seem incredibly happy. Many of these bat have a lifespan of 25 years or more. Your donations help us to accomplish all that we do for these bats and more. On behalf of these beautiful souls who will now have lifetime peace and happiness, thank you for sponsoring the Michigan 90.

Lots of Summer News


Matching Challenge Grant Met!
We are so excited to announce that thanks to our wonderful supporters we met the generous $15,000 challenge grant with a month to spare! The funds were granted by a wonderful couple, Gladys Cofrin and Daniel Logan, and will be used for the lifetime care of The Michigan 90.
 
 

Update on the Michigan 90

This update is on Bella (in particular). She is an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat, one of the 90 rescued from the now-defunct OBC. Bella’s mother abandoned her (likely due to the stress of the transfer) so she was hand-raised until she was old enough to rejoin her mom and the rest of the colony. Click here to watch her story.


Fire Safety for the Sanctuary

We have been saving for a sprinkler system for the facility, but that plan became financially unfeasible after rescuing the Michigan 90. However, when one door closes, another opens! We received a generous donation from Lynn Hochstetter which allowed us to purchase Barricade Fire Gel, a system that is used during wildfires (our greatest danger). Now, instead of only protecting the main facility from fire, we will be able to protect our bat castle and our caretakers residence as well.


Summer Rescue Videos

Click here to watch videos of some of the orphaned and injured bats we have rescued this summer. Included is footage on saving a baby bat from certain death, feeding orphaned red bat pups, and a tiny princess rescued at our bat castle. Rescues are coming in daily so there are more videos to come!

 

Summer Workshops and  Internships
This summer we hosted Alessandra Tomassini from Tutela Pipistrelli, a bat rescue group in Rome, Italy; and Taylor Driscoll, who is attending the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Scotland. We also held our 30th workshop on the rehabilitation of insectivorous bats. To date over 200 participants from 24 states and canada have attended our workshops.


Keeping Wild Bats Safe this Summer
Summertime is busy for everyone, including bats. Baby season for our North American bats starts in May and ends in early September, depending on the species. Here are a few tips you can use to help save the lives of the battie buddies living in your own neighborhood.

 

Bat Castle Repair
Our bat castle developed some major cracks after the ground shifted and settled. Most of our land is typical Texas red clay so shifting occurs occasionally. We called in a foundation expert and joists were applied to one side and one end of the castle. Because the other side and end sits on solid rock, there is no danger of the foundation shifting again. Thanks to donor support we were able to use a portion of our emergency funds to cover this critical repair. For more information on the bat castle, click here.

Sunshine Rescue Club
This has been one of the busiest summers we have had in years, mostly due to the renovations occurring in a nearby town. Bats once occupying old buildings have lost their homes and moved into roosts in other buildings, causing severe overcrowding. The horrific heat we are experiencing, combined with the overcrowding, has caused bats to become grounded. Many heat-exhausted bats are found clinging weakly to the outside of buildings. We have rescued up to 20 bats DAILY this week alone. If you would like to support our rescue efforts please consider joining the Sunshine Rescue Club. Click here to join and help us save bats!


New Bat Goodies!

Not only do we have lots of new items in our store (100% of the proceeds help us rescue bats!), but we have teamed up with batgoods.com, a site that has bat products galore! Choose “BWS” at checkout and each purchase you make will generate a donation to Bat World Sanctuary! Please check out our new goodies here, and click here to visit batgoods.com.

Summer Rescue Videos, 2018

Videos of some of the orphaned and injured bats we have rescued the summer of 2018. Included below is footage on saving a baby bat from certain death, feeding orphaned red bat pups, a tiny princess rescued at our bat castle, and bats rescued from a bathroom sink.

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