Bat Rehabilitation



How do I Become a Bat Care Specialist?
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Charts, Chapters and Supplies:
Bat Admission Form-Public Waiver
Differential Diagnostic Chart
2011 Medication Chart
Feeding Adult Insectivorous Bats (book chapter)
Bat World Standards for Bats in Captivity
Pattern for microbat roosting pouches
Pop up rehab enclosures
Pop up Tent (temporary flight enclosures)
Instructional Videos – see below

full tummy
Click for chapter on hand-raising orphaned insectivorous bats

INFANT CARE – Free book chapter

A key ingredient (Go & Grow) in our milk formula recipe for orphaned insectivorous bats has been discontinued. The replacement product recommended by our nutritional scientist Mark Finke is Similac Neosure. The weight measurement for this product is the same as Go & Grow. Also, we have discovered that the additives lactase enzyme (Lactaid) and the probiotic Bacillus coagulans (Digestive Advantage) are critical ingredients for vespertilionidae pups, tree bats in particular. Add one capsule or tablet (crushed to a powder) to every 100 mls of milk formula.

Special thanks to Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects and Bat World MidCities , who’s diligent efforts for tree bats paid off with the following formula:

Fox Valley 32/40, 13.7g (7 tsp / 2 1/3 tbl)
Fox Valley Ultraboost, 5.74g (2.5 tsp)
Body Boost Colostrum Plus, 1.24g (.75 tsp)
1 Lactaid tablet [9,000 FCC Lactase units] (.27g), crushed to  powder
100 ml water

Tree bats with canines should receive a mix of milk formula mixed 50/50 with soft food (recipe above).

Click here for additional information.

Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous BatsStandards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats

Contains procedures and information found in Captive Care and Medical Reference for  the Rehabilitation of Insectivorous Bats, and much more. Includes extensive chapters on rehabilitation, enrichment, managing reproductive colonies, orphan care, dental issues, parasites, wing repair, skin conditions, euthanasia, routine therapies, a differential diagnostic chart and a medication chart. 206 pages, 142 color photos. A companion DVD that includes 22 instructional videos is also available.
View Table of Contents
View Sample Chapter

To purchase please see Rehab Supplies.


PATHOLOGY REPORTS (free to download)
Torticollis in big brown bat
Suspected toxins in milk formula, free-tailed pup
Bladder stone in big brown pup
Bacterial cystitis in big brown bat
Roundworms in brain of mastiff bat
Thymic atrophy in free-tailed pup
Cardiomyopathy in big brown pup
Bacterial meningitis and yeast in free-tailed bat
Endometritis in Seminole bat
Bacterial hepatitis in yellow bat
Metabolic bone disease in yellow bat
Aspiration pneumonia in red bat pup
Septic cellulitis in facial tissue of Seminole pup
Wing wasting syndrome in five free-tailed bats

DISCLAIMER: No statements made in these videos shall be construed as permission or recommendation to handle bats. The content is intended for use only by individuals vaccinated against the rabies virus and in possession of the appropriate licenses or permits. Information regarding health and safety precautions may not be adequate for all individuals and/or situations. It is the viewer’s responsibility to follow the recommendations of medical health professionals and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Initial exam
Hydrating adult bats
Extending the wing
Removing ectoparasites
Bathing adult bats
Drying/brushing adult bats
Proper hand-feeding technique
Training adult bats to self feed
Stabilizing a closed radial fracture on an adult bat
Stabilizing a closed humeral fracture on an adult bat
Radial amputation on a deceased T. brasiliensis
Hydrating infant bats
Feeding infant crevice bats from foam tips
Feeding infant tree bats
Abdomen of properly fed infant bat
Cleaning infant bats
Video of evening bat giving birth


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