Inside Bat World

Ever wonder what it takes to care for a mob of a few hundred cosmopolitan bats?  And orphaned wild bats?  Disabled and unreleasable bats?  Even prejudicial ignorance against bats?  It’s not all frolicking with Peekaboo all day (though she’ll happily ride along as we work), and you can read all about it here.  Written by Bat World’s Volunteer and Associate Writer, Mitch Gilley.

Bat World Sanctuary on Social Media

October 1, 2015

Everyone can agree how important social media is to a charity in spreading the word about a mission or goal, showcasing their work and why they should be supported, and of course, raising much-needed funds. This is one of the reasons we have loved Facebook for so many years. We took our fan base from 1,500 ...

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

By Mitch Gilly 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 ...

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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