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Sully, the Battoo and Papaya Smacking

This is Sully, a recently rescued Egyptian fruit bat who was saved by Tessa in Ohio and Laurie Dehn, an associate of Bat World Sanctuary. Sully was part of the exotic pet trade and was purchased by Tessa’s ex-boyfriend along with a companion who sadly, did not survive an attack by their pet cat. Tessa pleaded with her boyfriend not to purchase the bats, but it fell on deaf ears. The boyfriend left, leaving Sully behind, so Tessa contacted us. We made arrangements to get Sully to Laura, where is now finally safe. As soon as the weather warms, Sully will be flown to Bat World Sanctuary and his forever home. Laurie reported that Sully was terrified initially and engaged in self-soothing, rocking behavior, but he is now doing well.

We could not save bats like Sully without caring supporters like you. From the bottom of our hearts to the tips of Sully’s tiny bat toes, we appreciate, praise and thank you for your support.

GRANT FOR BATTOO PROJECT
A note of deep gratitude for the $5,000 grant we received through the Seattle Foundation from an anonymous donor!  The funds are intended to help us continue our development of a tattoo device that, we hope, will eventually replace the deadly banding technique used by researchers to mark and track bats in the wild. Thousands of bats are banded annually in the US, with a very small percentage ever being found. Most perish from fractures, infection and other deadly consequences of banding. The tattoo device we are developing will be used on the ear (as seen in this photo, look for the green dot). The generous donation from this anonymous donor will help us significantly in furthering our efforts to replace the deadly practice of banding.

ANNOUNCING BAT WORLD ARGENTINA
Bats are sorely underrepresented in Argentina and in desperate need of help. They are routinely fumigated due to fears and misconceptions. After working closely for the last five years with Silvia Strasser, a professor and technician in Management and Conservation of Biodiversity, we are proud to announce the beginning steps in the formation of Bat World Murciélagos de Argentina. After formed, the mission will be to provide a public service to the Argentine community; to promote the safe and respectful relation between people and bats; to provide rescue, rehabilitation and release or permanent sanctuary for bats; to promote the correct treatment and the well being of captive bats; to protect wild bat colonies from abuse and destruction; to teach environmental education in order to promote bat conservation and increase public awareness on an ecosystemic bat‐inclusive approach; to educate the public on safety issues regarding bats; and to train animal care professionals on the rescue and rehabilitation of bats.

OUR FIRST PEEKABOO RESCUE FUND GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED!
We are pleased to announce our recently awarded grant to Rita D. Dixon PhD, a State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The funds will be used to help produce “Protect People, Protect Bats”, a video on bats and rabies designed to advance the conservation and recovery of surviving bat populations in order to mitigate human-caused sources of mortality that have additional detrimental effects. The film is in collaboration with USFWS and Idaho Fish and Game. For more information on the Peekaboo Rescue Fund click here. A very special THANK YOU to David Kugler of Critter Catchers,
Propestmen.com and the Wildlife Control Helpline for funding this critical project.  To contribute to the Peekaboo Rescue Fund please click here.

TURN UP YOUR VOLUME…
to enjoy the satisfying sounds of a one-eyed, almost toothless, 33 year-old rescued bat finding heaven in a slice of papaya.


MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR BATS, ONE PERSON AT A TIME
When animal care professionals order our bat rehabilitation products we include a flyer on humane handling techniques as outlined on this page.

We received this lovely email just this morning and are so happy to know that little by little, one person at a time.

Laurie and Jessie

Two privately owned female Egyptian fruit bats, likely purchased from the pet trade, were donated to a small zoo in Michigan. After two years the zoo no longer wanted young girls. We were contacted for help, and we jumped at the opportunity to give these bats lifetime sanctuary. We immediately arranged for a flight for the girls, to take place the very next day, to bring them from Michigan to Texas.

However, they did not make the flight because the airlines would not accept the shipping container. We were upset by this, but then horrified after being told that the girls had been “given away” because the zoo “could not wait any longer” to place them. We pleaded with the zoo to get the girls back, knowing that they would once again become part of the exotic pet trade and likely be used as breeding stock if we did not intervene. By some miracle, the zoo said they again had the girls and would send them to us. So, we over-nighted a proper shipping container to the zoo and once again arranged for a flight for the bats. But again, it did not work out – this time the airlines rejected the paperwork the zoo had prepared for the bats. (Story continues below the video.)

Devastated, but fearing that something like this might just happen, we had arranged -in advance- for Laurie, a bat care professional in Michigan, to be on standby to rescue the bats so they could not be “given away” again. Even though Laurie had surgery that same day, once she knew that the bats were in danger, she rushed to the airport to secure the bats. After they were safely in Laurie’s hands we all breathed a collective sigh (and tears) of relief. Over the next three weeks, the bats were cared for by Laurie and Jessie while we figured out how to get these deserving girls to Texas.

During this time, the weather turned too cold to safely fly the bats, so Bat World volunteer Larry used his time off over the Thanksgiving holidays to fly to Michigan. He then rented a car and drove the bats 1,300 miles to Texas, making the trip in a little over 24 hours. The trip went well, and the girls arrived safe and sound to us on Saturday evening, November 24th. They spent their first night in an enclosure with elderly Egyptian fruit bats so they could get accustomed to the sights and sounds of Bat World’s boisterous Egyptian fruit bat colony in our large indoor-outdoor flight enclosure. At dawn the next morning, the girls were united with this colony; their new their lifetime family.

Had it not been for Laurie and Jessie, these beautiful and innocent fruit bats would have ended up back in the cruel, exotic pet trade. And had it not been for Larry, they would have had to wait until spring when the weather warmed enough to attempt another flight.

This rescue was made possible by our loving supporters. We will move heaven and earth to save bats like this, but we could never do it without your help.

2018 Year in Review

  • This year we saved the lives of over 2,100 bats
  • We helped individuals and bat care professionals in 41 states and 62 international locations from Argentina to Vietnam
  • We reached over 4 Million people through educational events, news outlets and social media

Please click here to read our 2018 annual report magazine 

Here are just a few of the lives that were touched through your compassionate support. 

Tuesday, November 27th, is Giving Tuesday, but you can start TODAY to help the bats when you shop through Amazon.com.

Amazon.com
Bat World Sanctuary has teamed up with Alexa to make it simpler than ever to support our work by simply saying, “Alexa, make a donation to Bat World Sanctuary.

You can also support the bats through AmazonSmile every time you shop. At no cost to you, Amazon will donate to Bat World Sanctuary when you sign in and choose Bat World Sanctuary as your charity. They will even show you how much you have raised through your purchases. Please sign up for AmazonSmile here, and help the bats with all of your Cyber Monday shopping!

 

 

There are 3 ways to help the bats on Giving Tuesday, Nov 27th (listed below). Even if you can’t donate, you can help with a simple share on Twitter (we will receive $10 for every Benevity share – see option 3 below).

1. FACEBOOK
Facebook (partnered with PayPal) is matching a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook on Tue., Nov. 27th from 8:00am ET (5:00am PT). The matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar on a first-come, first-served basis and up to $250k per nonprofit and $20k per donor. Click here to donate to our Facebook Giving Tuesday Fundraiser.

2. PAYPAL
This Giving Tuesday, PayPal is offering a 100% match on donations received through its holiday campaign (up to $500,000 in total matching funds), followed by a 1% donation match through to the end of the year. Click here to donate to our PayPal Giving Day Page.

3. BENEVITY
Benevity will donate $10 to Bat World Sanctuary on behalf of every person who retweets their #BeTheGood video and mentions Bat World Sanctuary. Here is a suggested tweet: “With you, #GivingTuesday for #BatWorldSanctuary is no ordinary Tuesday https://youtu.be/0-SZuJHjeOE via @YouTube @BatWorldSanctuary

 

Thank you, on behalf of the bats we all love so much. ♥

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.

Bat World Sanctuary

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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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