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Bat World Sanctuary is committed to honoring the rights every donor by promising the following:

Every donor has the right:

  • To know how Bat World Sanctuary intends to use donations, and of our capacity to use donations effectively and for their intended purpose.
  • To know the identity of the individuals serving on the Bat World Board of Directors
  • The Mission of Bat World Sanctuary
  • Have access to Bat Worlds Sanctuary’s most recent financial statements
  • To receive an email or letter of gratitude acknowledging every donation
  • To receive, upon request, a receipt for their donation
  • To assurance that his or her personal information is confidential and will never be shared, traded or sold for spam or any other purpose whatsoever
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  • To feel free to ask questions at any time, and to receive a prompt and honest response

Angela Best

Angela Best was born in Tuscon, Arizona and lived there until she relocated to TX several years ago. Angela fell in love with bats in when she was in the 6th grade, after she was given a book called “The Bat in My Pocket; A Memorable Friendship” written by Bat World’s Founder Amanda Lollar. At the time, Angela never dreamed that one day she’d be volunteering at the very sanctuary where the book was written some 20 years ago.

Angela  grew up with horses and other animals, and currently has four dogs and two cats who were rescued from animal shelters. Angela supports C.A.R.E.as often as she can, and hopes to one day operate a no-kill shelter on the property she owns.


Angela, preparing goodies for the fruit bat’s treat cups

Mitch Gilley

Mitch Gilley has advocated for animal rights his entire life. He attended Weatherford College, and he is proud yet humbled to be Associate Writer for Bat World Sanctuary.  When not writing, he is a budding and eager cyclist, an inwardly focused yogi and a lover of nature and the outdoors.

Before volunteering for Bat World, Mitch Gilley worked for a large company in Mineral Wells, Texas. One day he encountered a wounded Mexican free tail bat (later named Ichabod) in the company warehouse. His wrist was broken, yet the little bat was still fighting to crawl to safety, and then climbing a bay door, all through what must have been excruciating pain. Mitch was struck by this so-called “mouse with wings,” so widely despised as vermin, exhibiting a strength of character that most humans can only aspire to.  It was an encounter that would come to completely alter the course of Mitch’s life every bit as much as Ichabod’s.

The little animal set off a sequence of events, Mitch’s blog post detailing Ichabod’s rescue, to volunteer writing for Bat World, to spending a couple weekends working at Bat World itself; meeting Peekaboo and reuniting with an Ichabod – now on the mend – that led to him actually quitting his company job to volunteer full time as a grant writer for Bat World Sanctuary. Working at Bat World was something he wanted to do since junior high school when he attended a bat presentation given by Amanda Lollar. Now he’s doing it, all thanks to Ichabod, who is himself spending his days at Bat World.

Given the roots of Bat World in his childhood and an injured bat catalyzing the process of Mitch’s life change (much like that of his new boss), Mitch finds himself reconsidering his previous opinions on things like fate, kismet, dharma and the like.

Perhaps Peekaboo had a little something to do with it…

Mitch, with Peekaboo showing him the ropes.




Bear Grylls, Bat Killer

By Mitch Gilley, Associate Writer.

In a clip from Man vs Wild (formerly on The Discovery Channel) Bear Grylls used smoke to flush bats from a cave and then struck the fleeing, terrified animals with a makeshift club and stomped on them with what seemed to be glee, jokingly referring to it as “bat tennis.”

Yes, this actually happened, and it is not an isolated incident. Aside from bats, Bear has killed alligators, monitor lizards, capybaras and even boas. None of these animals are killed in anywhere near a humane manner; they are simply beaten to death for the amusement of the viewing public.

This can’t be overstated enough: for those who care about animals, the videos available online showing his frequent atrocities are very, very difficult to watch.  If you seek them out to see for yourself, please be aware of this.

In replying to email complaints about the show, The Discovery Channel defended itself by saying that Bear was imparting valuable survival information and, unbelievably, that it was his Bear’s “style!” Such “stylistic” concerns as applied to people comprises much of the notoriety of serial killers.  As for the conveyance of vital survival tips, opting to beat, kill and eat whatever animals are near is very clearly a rash and inadvisable course of action. Real survival experts – the ones who actually survive in the wilderness rather than preen their sad macho survivalist fantasies on television – say that pretty much everything Bear Grylls does or says to do will get you killed. There is no worthwhile information whatsoever that can only be conveyed by filming oneself killing innocent, healthy animals, and terrorizing and bludgeoning sleeping bats right at their doorstep.

Let us not forget that Bear Grylls was exposed for staying in hotels overnight while filming a show that falsely portrayed him as embattled by harsh wilderness.

Bear Grylls eating the raw meat of a deceased zebra which may have been killed for the program “Man vs Wild.”

Profiting from the utterly pointless killing of these bats – and all animals – is unilaterally unacceptable, and while the show may now be cancelled, Discovery still has the video and others like it up for viewing on their website, meaning that they as well as Bear are still profiting from engineering, perpetrating and showing the deaths of these healthy, innocent animals to audiences worldwide.

Please contact those responsible for fouling our televisions with his presence. Please also feel free to join the Bear Barbaric Bear Grylls Facebook page and SIGN OUR PETITION.

(Please note that we were unable to find an email address for anyone at Discovery, however, you may also leave an opinion here. To contact the Ethics Hotline in the U.S. and Canada, please dial (800) 398-6395.)


Please either fax or mail a letter to John S. Hendricks, Chairman, Discovery Communications, LLC at the following address:

John S. Hendricks, Chairman
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240-662-2000
Fax: 240-662-1868

Dear John S. Hendricks,
There is a truly repellent video hosted on the Discovery Channel’s website compels me to write to you. The offending video is from the defunct show Man vs. Wild and details the efforts of Bear Grylls as he terrorizes, beats to death and devours harmless bats, ostensibly to demonstrate some tribal hunting technique and to impart supposedly “valuable” survival tactics.

Specifically, Mr. Grylls uses smoke and flame to drive the bats from their home and their sleep, strikes them from the air with a homemade bludgeon, stomps on their broken, fragile, defenseless bodies and then devours them alive, all for the benefit of an audience that will never in a million years find themselves forced to rely on what they’ve seen on television to survive in the Chinese wilderness.

That such brutality is so flimsily justified by anthropological and naturalist pretenses is offensive enough, but it cannot possibly overshadow the brutality itself. After hearing the video, it seemed unbelievable – even possibly illegal – that such things could or would be shown, and particularly on a reputable channel as Discovery. If teenagers spent the weekend filming themselves doing the exact same thing, they would of course be arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

It was profoundly disappointing then to see that it was not only aired, but choreographed and filmed at great effort and expense. Worse, it was done solely to entertain and to glorify Mr. Grylls as a strong and courageous survivalist. As this is a fabrication, as it is now common knowledge that many or most of Mr. Grylls’ stunts were staged, as everyone now knows that he was spending his nights in hotel rooms rather than the wilderness he professed to survive in for days on end, not only is all his demagoguery rendered suspect, but it cannot be credibly said that those bats died for educational purposes, nor indeed for any other purpose than the facile excitement of an audience.

Profiting from the brutal and inhumane killing of these animals in pursuit of what is essentially a modern day blood sport is wrong, and we ask that the “bat tennis” video be removed from your website along with all others in which Bear Grylls beats animals to death. As a media operation that purports to be educational, fostering such cruelty and disrespect toward the creatures we share the earth with is unconscionable. What was done to them cannot be undone, but you can from this point on respect their suffering and not peddle it as despicable and retrograde entertainment.

Again, I implore The Discovery Channel to remove all videos of Bear Grylls mutilating, killing and eating innocent animals from your website as well as other websites including YouTube and other video channels.

[Your name]


The Sensless Killing of Queensland’s Bats

By Mitch Gilley, Associate Writer.

You may be aware of the current controversy in Queensland swirling around their local flying fox population. That controversy is two-fold: insiders in the fruit industry are lobbying for legal permission to shoot and kill these endangered animals. In addition, the usual histrionic misinformation about bats being a serious health risk has citizens and Premiere Campbell Newman pushing to pass dangerously permissive legislation that will leave no meaningful safeguards to protect these animals.  In other words, flying foxes, animals who have the intelligence of a dolphin, the dexterity of a primate, and the emotional complexity of a human, will be shot and abused for living in their natural homes (the trees) and for feeding on the fruit grown and sold by its tenders.

Lobbying for the removal of such protections from multiple endangered species is an extreme action, and an extreme action in turn implies that the situation to be remedied is likewise extreme. If this is so, it begs one specific question:


The Australian fruit industry is not new, nor are the flying foxes that grace Queensland. Flying-foxes play a vital role in keeping Australia’s (and hence the world’s) ecosystems in good health. They pollinate flowers and disperse seeds as they forage on the nectar and pollen of eucalypts, melaleucas, banksias and on the fruits of rainforest trees and vines. Flying-foxes are particularly important in ensuring the survival of our threatened rainforests such as the Wet Tropics and Gondwana Rainforests (both listed as World Heritage sites).  They not only enable plants to be prolific in their areas of origin, but to traverse long distances to take root in entirely new territories. From this increased diversity, more robust ecosystems develop with their dependence on any one single thing greatly lessened.

Australia’s grey headed and spectacled flying foxes are already listed as vulnerable species on the endangered species list, yet they are the animals being killed, and for understandably attempting to feed on fruit that they may have pollinated themselves. Whether they are shot by farmers or killed, even perhaps inadvertently in dispersal attempts, is irrelevant.

Of universal concern, however, is the proposed measure which calls for the burning of 700,000 hectares of various types of foliage in order to destroy the bats’ habitat.  This, of course, would affect every single organism that shares that land.  Such broad tampering with the ecosystem could trigger a domino effect that would race straight towards humans, bringing privation to all other life as it went.  There is no reliable way of knowing until it’s too late.

Potential for harm aside, dispersals also nearly always fail.  Flying foxes get as attached as you or I to their homes and are smart enough to retreat a minimal distance from the dispersal operation, and the extra flight time to their feeding grounds is trivial to them.  What’s less trivial is the expense required to undertake and fail in a dispersal attempt.

Then there is the lack of meaningful oversight. The proposal mandates the presence of an “expert,” but neither defines what constitutes an expert nor affords them any authority to intervene should the operation become inhumane. Recent efforts have already proven to be cruel: bats were shot – often merely wounded due to their size and speed – and collected in plastic bags while still alive, left to drown in the blood of their roostmates, buried in the corpses of their kin.  Many babies weren’t shot at all and lay desperately clinging to their dead and dying mothers. These babies may not even be noticed and not even have the mercy of blood loss and resultant unconsciousness as they slowly starve. Still others weren’t noticed at all and merely starved without their mothers to nurse them.

These are not the actions of a people who can legitimately claim to be civilized, most particularly so when much safer and humane alternatives exist, such as exclusionary netting, which is very inexpensive relative to conducting a dispersal operation, as netting is a one-time cost aside from maintenance, while dispersal operations will almost certainly need to be repeated. No, such actions as are now proposed are rooted in anger and greed rather than pragmatism. These are the fruits of lobbyists clamoring on behalf of fruit industry stockholders who are willing to essentially have endangered animals killed as well as perhaps well meaning people who simply vastly overestimate the supposed “health risks” of having bats living nearby.  Austin, TX, for instance, has a massive colony of Mexican free tails living in the city itself, and while they themselves pose no risk to humans, the flying foxes of Queensland have an even lower incidence of isolated cases of disease. Bats themselves will even self-isolate when they become sick to protect their roostmates.

Make no mistake, killing these bats could start a chain reaction that could potentially topple Queensland’s ecosystems, but there is no question that it will definitely cost Queenslanders much of their humanity. With each bat that dies slowly in a plastic bag without understanding what is happening to them, the respect of the global community for Queensland will wane, and very likely their tourism industry with it. It has already been noted there are many in Queensland who are adamantly against any measure taken against these beautiful beings, but they will be tarred by that same dirty brush, however unfairly.

It is time to make your voice heard. Let Premiere Campbell Newman know that the world watches to see whether it can find a way to peacefully and profitably coexist with these inoffensive, innocent animals or whether baser instincts of greed will win out.


A sample letter has been provided below. Please feel free to copy and paste this text into an email and send it to:

Andrew Powell at environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Campbell Newman at thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Premiere Newman and Andrew Powell,

In regards to the proposed measures concerning the flying foxes with which Queensland is graced, I’m writing this letter to express my extreme displeasure and horror.  Virtually every consequence of said measures has the potential to damage Queensland’s ecosystems and reputation, as the “safeguards” written into the legislation are wholly inadequate to protect the bats, the people of Queensland or the reputation of your province abroad.Dispersal efforts, lethal or otherwise, almost always fail.  In the highly unusual event that a colony is actually moved, dispersals still fail in having a meaningful effect.  These animals have a tremendous flight range and an attachment to the home that is just as deep and profound as your attachment to your own home, and thus they will move just enough to avoid whatever threat is used to disperse them. This minimal shift in proximity is almost never enough to do much other than cause them to fly a few more seconds to the very same grounds they previously frequented.The other effects of a dispersal operation, however, are not so trivial.  Such operations are quite expensive, put people in close quarters with distressed or injured bats who may bite out of desperation, and most of all breed manifold forms of abuse.  Worse, the bats that might most concern humans, the healthy adults, are the ones who will be able to escape harm while defenseless and inoffensive babies and heavily pregnant mothers are helpless to even comply with the wishes of those executing the dispersion. There are already ugly yet reliable stories of abuse coming from Australian caretakers of injured and wounded bats. The proof of such stories is the bats themselves and the documenting of their stories by the selfless rescuers whom represent the best of the people of Queensland.

This is clearly an emotional response from greedy individuals in the fruit industry who are more concerned with profit margins than the equilibrium of the ecosystem of Queensland, the welfare of the utterly innocent flying foxes now so gravely threatened, or even whether this ineffectual plan and the shoddy legislation behind it will even work.  Ironically, too, with flying foxes being such ubiquitous and far-ranging pollinators, the proposed measures and their near-total lack of meaningful oversight may actually damage or destroy the fruit industry’s ability to produce at all.

We implore you to reconsider this course of action.  Neither the fruit industry nor the human population of Queensland are new; were there any severe inability to coexist of the kind that would warrant the extreme action now proposed, it would have unquestionably manifested by now, either in the eradication of the fruit industry or of the bats.  There has been a long coexistence between the two, however, and we urge you to help it continue.  The people of Queensland, and you yourself, are better than this.  Prove it.

Your signature here



August 2009 – July 4, 2013

It has been said that bats are the realization of the Fairy of the Wood, keeper of the caves, custodians to the secrets of the night. And so it was on a hot August night in 2009, like a heavenly angel descending through the darkened sky, came Ethereal. One of the rarest bats in the entire world, a completely white (albino) micro bat, seen approximately once every 7-10 years by those involved in the world of bats.

Ethereal was found seeking refuge at Bat World’s wild sanctuary, scampering and slipping as she tried to make her way across a beam. She was very thin, under-nourished and in poor condition. She was quickly recovered from the beam and brought into the hospital at Bat World. She was only a juvenile, petite and gentle; not yet full grown, but her sweet personality was already distinctive.

Albino bats are easy prey for predatory birds and other nocturnal creatures. Because there was an owl perched near the wild sanctuary, Ethereal was an effortless target. We decided to take her into protective care so she could live her life without fear of predators.

Ethereal, poking her head out of a bat hut looking for a meal worm treat (which she always received).

Albinos are often not as long lived as other mammals as they can be predisposed to health problems. Ethereal passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on July 4th, 2013 from pneumonia, likely brought on by albinism immunodeficiency as her condition did not respond to treatment. She passed away not quite reaching 4 years of age.

Goodbye precious Ethereal, our sweet little Fairy of the Wood. There will never be another soul like yours, and you will be forever missed.

Bats in the Pantry Recipes


A New Bat World Sanctuary

We finished the construction of our new facility in Cool, Texas and moved in on August 11, 2014. We’ve worked very hard to accomplish this goal, but it could not have been possible without our generous and loyal supporters. Every time we’ve needed you, you’ve always stepped up, and we can’t possibly thank you enough!

Our new address is:
Bat World Sanctuary
299 High Point Rd
Weatherford, TX, 76088




Dear Bat World Sanctuary Supporters,
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.

Major Luther Lollar, building one of over 200 bat houses that he made during his 20 years of volunteering for Bat World Sanctuary.

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.

Amanda Lollar with her father, Luther S. Lollar, in 2003

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.

Beene’, a pallid bat rescued from cruel research at Texas A&M University.

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.

Any amount you can send, no matter how large or how small, will be of monumental value to us and the bats we all love so dearly.

Please click here to donate.

Amanda Lollar
Founder & President
Bat World Sanctuary

Luther Lollar

Major Luther S. Lollar

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the passing of Major Luther S. Lollar, Bat World Sanctuary’s very first volunteer and the father of our Founder and President, Amanda Lollar.

Major Lollar was an avid financial supporter of Bat World and was instrumental in getting Bat World off of the ground almost 20 years ago. He generously built all of the original flight caging and rehabilitation caging for Bat World.  He constructed the educational displays for the picture windows, built over 200 bat houses which were sold across the US, with 20 being mounted in the downtown area of Mineral Wells, Texas, home of Bat World Sanctuary. He loved farming and gardening, and devoted several acres of his land to planting melons and other fruits, which he harvested and cut into bite-sized pieces for the bats. The fruit was then bagged and frozen so the bats would have fresh fruit all winter long without any burdensome food bills for out-of-season fruit. He was an extraordinarily kind man who loved all kinds of animals, and would drive to the market to collect and then deliver the 80 pounds of bananas needed each week for the fruit bats.

Luther Lollar, building one of over 200 bat houses that he made over the years.

Major Lollar was a highly decorated soldier; serving in WWII and twice in Vietnam, both in the Marines and the Army. He was one of the first soldiers to serve on the front lines in Vietnam. Among his many medals he was honored with the distinguished Flying Cross for manning an unarmed helicopter and chasing away Vietcong who outnumbered and were advancing on trapped U.S. troops. Three unarmed helicopters were dispatched to pick up troops. Heavy fire drove two of the helicopters to retreat. Alone, Major Lollar aggressively flew in, and using his helicopter blades as a weapon, kept the Vietcong at bay to allow the other two helicopters to land and retrieve our troops. Major Lollar designed the artillery on the outside of helicopters and tested it, which was the basis for all future helicopter weaponry. In the final battle scene of the movie, “We Were Soldiers”, both the maneuvers and the equipment were representative of  Major Lollar’s work.

On his last trip to the hospital, upon waking, the first thing he asked Amanda was, “How are the bats?” You will be sorely missed by all, Major. We owe you a debt of gratitude for the life we all enjoy.

Major Lollar passed away Friday, November 16, 2012 and was buried on Tuesday, November 20 with full military honors. He was preceded in death by wife Gladys Lollar, who passed away December 18, 1993.

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