Inside Bat World

Blogs about the latest events and conservation efforts at Bat World Sanctuary, issues that affect bats (and how you can help), and anything humorous we throw in.

2019 Annual Report

January 6, 2020

2019 was outstanding in more ways than we can count. To start, we rescued a whopping 7,165 bats, several of whom are pet trade and zoo retired fruit bats who will receive lifetime sanctuary with us, along with over 50 non‐releasable insectivorous bats rescued this year. Thankfully, the vast majority of bats were releasable and ...

Faces of Rescue (so far this year)

September 5, 2019

This has been a very, very busy year. So far this year we welcomed over 80 new permanent residents to Bat World Sanctuary. To date we have released 214 back to the wild and have saved over 1,020 either directly or indirectly. We want to highlight some of these rescues through 3 videos showing just a ...

Baby Season Always Starts with the Reds…

June 11, 2019

BABY SEASON ALWAYS STARTS WITH THE REDS Yesterday we received nonstop calls about baby red bats being found grounded. We ended up with 6 orphans so far, but before the summer is over there will be several dozen. It will take 8 to 10 weeks to raise them to adulthood. Until then they will need to ...

Sully, Renovation Rescues and a New Geribatric Ward

April 24, 2019

SULLY (AND HIS MONKEY) Sully was rescued from the exotic pet trade last February after we received a frantic call from a concerned woman in Ohio. She stated that Sully and his partner, another male Egyptian fruit bat, had been purchased as pets by her boyfriend, against her wishes. Despite her pleadings, Sully and his partner ...

A Precious Accident and Bat Castle News

March 29, 2019

A PRECIOUS ACCIDENT This is baby Ronan, a precious little accident that wasn’t supposed to happen. He was born two weeks ago and then abandoned by his mother, an African fruit bat. Ronan is the offspring of one of the very elderly African fruit bat males that we rescued from OBC last year. The boys are ...

Sully, the Battoo and Papaya Smacking

February 6, 2019

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 ...

Laurie and Jessie

November 26, 2018

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 ...

2018 Year in Review

November 21, 2018

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 ...

NTGD is on the way!

September 11, 2018

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 ...

Celebrating Peekaboo’s Life

September 5, 2018

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. ...

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

August 16, 2018

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 ...

Lots of Summer News

July 26, 2018

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 ...

Summer Rescue Videos, 2018

July 19, 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.

Trapped Bats, Part 2 , Michigan 90 Update & Baby Season!

June 5, 2018

The last 10 days have been grueling. We spent every single day rescuing pregnant bats that continually became trapped in a specialty store located in an old building in downtown Mineral Wells, Texas. Last Thursday we finally convinced the building owner that a humane exclusion had to take place immediately -before babies were born- so ...

Rescuing Trapped Bats

May 14, 2018

Over the past week we have been much busier than usual rescuing bats that had become trapped in several businesses that occupy a downtown block in Mineral Wells, Texas. Many of the buildings are old and in need of repair, which allowed the bats access through loose bricks and window frames. The bats ended up in ...

The Michigan 90

April 12, 2018

The past three weeks have perhaps been among the most trying we have ever encountered. It started with the rescue of 90 fruit bats from the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) after it suddenly closed due to allegations of sexual harassment against the former Director, who allegedly left the organization “profoundly insolvent”.  For two decades we ...

In Loving Memory of David Naranjo

March 31, 2018

Our Hearts Are Broken…… We lost our shining star, David Naranjo, March 29, 2018 in a tragic car accident. It is impossible to express the pain we feel over the loss of David. He truly loved the bats and Bat World Sanctuary, and he lived at the facility.  Please know that the person whose words you ...

Cody, the Bats and the Tadpoles

September 13, 2017

On September the 9th, 2017 we received a call from a man named Cody LeDuc who lived in Florida and in the direct path of Hurricane Irma. He said he had two bat houses full of bats and he was very worried because there was no way the bat houses would survive the storm. Cody ...

Rescuing Bats from the Flood Waters of Hurricane Harvey

September 6, 2017

On Monday, August 28th, 2017, we received word that bats were being affected by rising flood waters created in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. We immediately reached out to offer our support to several good Samaritans who were already saving bats. However, by Monday evening it became apparent that we needed to ...

Summer Rescue Videos

August 24, 2017

Included below are videos of some of the bats we have rescued this summer, including Benger the Avenger, Dory, Coy, Travis, Gizmo, Tidy Bat, Marria and BB. 46 juvenile free-tailed bats came from one rescue after they went on a joy ride through an old building that had been used for storage for several decades. ...


June 13, 2017

By Truth Muller, Contributing Author for Bat World Sanctuary On June 6, 2017, NPR published a YouTube Video entitled “Should We Wipe Out Vampire Bats?” to their science channel, Skunk Bear. The video says that in Latin America, “Vampire bats are ruining livelihoods and lives. They prey on pigs, on calves, on children, and sometimes, sick bats ...

Keeping Wild Bats Safe this Summer

May 22, 2017

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. FROG LOGS SAVE BATS If you have an outdoor pool please add ...

Mother’s Day, Bat Style

May 9, 2017

Mother’s Day is coming up so we’re sharing a few photos taken from our wild sanctuary as well as photos of mother bats we have rescued over the years. Descriptions are below each photo. Brazilian free-tailed bat moms give birth to a single young each summer. Free-tailed pups are born naked and pink with their eyes open ...

Psuedo Bat Sanctuaries

April 17, 2017

A sad but true fact is that pseudo animal sanctuaries are on the rise and pseudo bat sanctuaries are among the greatest offenders. This has become a growing concern for true bat rescuers who may lose funding to groups passing themselves off as a sanctuary when nothing could be further from the truth. Donors are also harmed ...

Bats are Funny

March 10, 2017

Most of you reading this already know that bats are vital to the health of our planet as well as being exceptionally clean, highly intelligent and long-lived. However, you may not realize they are also quite funny.  Here are a few examples of our little winged clowns of the night sky. King of Plush Toy Hill Winston ...

Deer Spots New Critter Cam

January 19, 2017

Footage from Bat World Sanctuary’s new critter cam at new deer feeder (all items were recently donated). Images from the very first night also include rabbits, a bobcat, a possum and squirrels. All of these animals have protection on Bat World Sanctuary’s land. Bat World Sanctuary is an Amazon Associate. Products listed here help us earn ...

Essence of Bats

January 14, 2017

What do bats smell like? We get this question a lot and it’s actually fun question to answer. Bats do have an odor but they don’t stink; in fact, their aromas range from pleasant to weird depending on the species and even their activities…

The Bats still Poop on Christmas Day

December 25, 2016

At most animal sanctuaries, Christmas day is just like any other. Resident animals must be cared for and rescues still take place. That’s no exception at Bat World Sanctuary. The bats don’t know it’s Christmas, of course, they only know they getting extra treats, toys and decorations added to their enclosure  – decorations they haven’t ...

A Special Delivery

December 20, 2016

On December the 9th we had an odd delivery of two containers covered in cloths found in our delivery hall after we came back from a supply run. The containers held 19 non-releasable bats of various ages including 7 free-tails, 3 big browns, 8 pallids and 1 Myotis bat. There was a note attached to ...

Watch us LIVE on Giving Day! 9-22-16

September 16, 2016

On September 22, 2016 (North Texas Giving Day) you were invited to watch us LIVE from 8:00 am until 11am-noon CST as we went through our daily routine at Bat World Sanctuary, cleaning enclosures, hand-feeding disabled bats and preparing bat food. 100% of all the money we raised on that day was deposited into our ...

Award for Sanctuary Excellence

August 1, 2016

Washington DC – The 2016 Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence recipient was announced by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). This year Amanda Lollar was singled out for her leadership in supporting the welfare of bats as a caregiver, educator and advocate.

Summer Rescue Videos

July 15, 2016

We’ve been very busy rescuing orphaned and injured bats this summer. Included below are videos of Ernie, a young free-tailed bat rescued after being trapped inside a vacant building for at least two days; Mama Bear,, who suffered blunt force trauma; Munchkinface, who suffered a “lucky” fall; Gigi, a beautiful Seminole bat; and a free-tailed ...

Saving the Palestine Bats

May 31, 2016

The city of Palestine, Texas loves their bats. They have had thousands of bats roosting in their downtown buildings for several years. And even though they sometimes create an odor, the city wants the bats to stay in the area because of the tremendous amount of insect control these bats provide. On May 21, 2016, Bat World’s ...

Happy Bat Appreciation Day!

April 17, 2016

Thank you, wonderful bat people, for supporting our rescue efforts for the most underappreciated mammal on earth! Please enjoy a few of  our most recent videos 🙂 Fruit Bats play with New Toys: Rescuing Veri: Happy Birthday, Andy! Nosey Flies Free: Thank you for your continued support of Bat World Sanctuary. If you would like to donate to help more ...

Bat World Sanctuary earns GFAS Accreditation

February 24, 2016

After an intensive application process that included transparency on finances, budgets, long-term goals, policies, employees, operating procedures, oversight, veterinary care, budgets, emergency protocols and contingency plans, we are proud to say that we are now accredited with the prestigious Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

The Houston Five

February 7, 2016

By Amanda Lollar, Founder & President On February 3rd, 2016, around 10pm, I was just wrapping up the day when I saw a plea for help on our Facebook page from Lisa G, about an issue in Houston Texas that involved an elderly woman beating helpless free-tailed bats to death with her cane. (Caution, disturbing video ...

Back-up Generators for Bat World Sanctuary

January 25, 2016

By Amanda Lollar For a rescue facility, the importance of a back-up system in the event of a power failure cannot be underestimated. The back-up system we had in our previous location consisted of wearing headlamps to work, then cleaning the enclosures and preparing food in near darkness until the power was restored. Normally the power ...

A Belated New Year Thank You

January 14, 2016

By Amanda Lollar As you may recall from our 2015 year-end annual report, we only needed $13,000 to pay off the large construction loan we secured in 2013 in order to build our new facility. Well, we have fantastic news! Your support, along with a tremendous donation of $50,000 and the sale of our former property, ...

Giving Day Results!

September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17th is North Texas Giving Day!!! Last Year, Bat World Sanctuary won 2nd place ($3,000!) in the small organization category of “Most Unique Donors”, Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank won 3rd place. This year, the Operations Director of Don’t forget to Feed Me, Liesl Manone, extended a challenge to Amanda Lollar, ...

A Bittersweet Rescue

August 16, 2015

By Amanda Lollar, Founder & President, Bat World Sanctuary In the early nineties, when I was still new at rehabbing bats, the common belief was that orphaned insectivorous bats could not be released back to the wild because they wouldn’t know how to catch food (according to research, their mothers taught them). After raising several orphans ...


March 12, 2015

We just released four male free-tailed bats who were overwintering with us at Bat World Sanctuary. They had been found trapped in buildings and grounded just as winter set in, so for their own good they spent the winter with us until the weather warmed enough to allow them a safe release. As typical at this ...

Their Own Best Advocate

January 26, 2015

By Mitch Gilley Judging from the enthusiastic response on our Facebook page and the activity in our chat room, most of you will already be aware of the four bat cams streaming live 24/7 in the flight enclosures. This was a big step for us.  It’s been one of Bat World’s missions to show that bats are ...

Giving Them the Moon

January 6, 2015

By Mitch Gilley Despite my prediction that the impish Carollias (think Lil Drac) would be first, it was the ordinarily skittish Egyptians – with Peek-a-boo leading the charge – that flew the first quick and wary circles around the newly completed semi-outdoor flight enclosure as soon as the sun had set. Once around, then back home ...

Settling in, Bat Style

December 16, 2014

By Mitch Gilley Most of you are aware of our big move to our new facility last August. By far most of the work was with the new enclosures, which I am extremely proud to have helped built. Not only are they much larger, but very carefully designed and build with relentless perfectionism. But given the picky ...

Moving in Baby Steps

July 4, 2014

By Mitch Gilley Well, it’s beginning. Many of you have tracked the progress of the new facility via our Facebook updates, but now the preliminary stages of moving in are underway. We’ll be operating at our same address of 20 years for the time being; with the bats requiring constant care it’s not simply a matter of ...

The Fridge Incident

May 14, 2014

By Mitch Gilley It’s funny what you end up daydreaming about when you have to prepare a giant bin of fruit every day, the fruit bat’s nightly ration.  For us, a huge refrigerator is close to the top of the list.  We use a large variety of fruit, including but not limited to organic apples, bananas, ...

Poppy’s Happy Life

April 17, 2014

By Mitch Gilley I’m loathe to admit that I have favorite bats among those we care for, but I am particularly drawn to a few of them. There’s Ichabod, for starters, the formerly injured and now chubby free tail who is responsible for me being at Bat World to begin with. It goes without saying that ...

A Day With The Insect Bats

March 17, 2014

Caring for microbats can be very, very different than caring for megabats. The latter can be small, but the former are tiny.  Further along that line, for the most part most of these are crevice dwelling bats as opposed to the foliage that fruit bats favor. Crevice dwelling bats know no claustrophobia.  In fact, they ...

A Day With The Fruit Bats

December 9, 2013

As I mentioned in the craft shop rescue story, I think some people have an unrealistically tame vision of what animal rescue really is.  I know I did.  We often get inquiries about volunteering for a day or two at Bat World, and while we know these good people mean well, it doesn’t really work.  We ...

The Craft Shop Rescue, Part 2

October 30, 2013

(Continued from the Craft Store Rescue, Part One) We’d only just left the craft shop victorious and near-helplessly laughing, and now we were going back. Amanda had met us in the parking lot and said they’d called in the two minutes since we left saying there was another one.  Myself, I just figured it was the ...

The Craft Shop Rescue, Part One

October 1, 2013

It was around mid-day during my second week of work, just as we were preparing to dice an entire grocery store’s produce section for Peekaboo‘s dinner, when the call came in.  Of course Angela and I could only hear one half of the conversation, but the other half wasn’t hard to discern. Broken sentences as the caller interrupted ...

The First Visit

August 29, 2013

It’s different once you’re used to them, once your eyes learn to pick them out of the darkness, but when you’re stepping into the dimly lit enclosure for the first time, you hear them before you can see them.  The beating of dozens of wings and the air all astir around you.  Chirps and chatters ...


August 26, 2013

My name is Mitch Gilley, and with this blog I hope to get you all acquainted with the daily workings of Bat World Sanctuary along with me. While I’ve written for Bat World for a while now, I only have four days as a full-time volunteer worker, which means that just as I’m getting a ...
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