Amanda Lollar, Volunteer Executive Director/Chief Caregiver
Amanda has acted in an unpaid position as Executive Director and Senior Animal Caregiver since 1994. She is an author of both scientific and popular literature about bats, including her most recent work, Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats. In August of 2016 Amanda received The Carol Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence and has twice been nominated for the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading prize for conservation. Click here to read her CV.
Mariah Cognac, Animal Caregiver
Mariah has been fortunate to have worked with many species during her time volunteering at rehab facilities and working at the Dallas Zoo. She has a B.S. in Aquatics and Fisheries Biology and enjoys spending time on the water. Since she was a small child she has surrounded herself with the company of animals, basically welcoming anything with hooves, paws, scales or claws. Mariah feels as though conservation and education are key to the preservation of species. “So many people have disdain for bats only because they know very little about them. I’m so pleased to have found Bat World and look forward to not only expanding my knowledge of bats, but also sharing that information with others.”
Erica Quinzel, Lead Caregiver in Training
Erica has an extreme love for animals that was passed down from her mother, who taught Erica to have compassion for all living things. Her first experience in rehabilitating wildlife involved three baby birds that had been blown out of their nest. After successfully raising and releasing the birds back into the wild, Erica knew she had her found her passion. As an adult, Erica took wildlife classes and began volunteering with Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitators and Bat World Sanctuary before accepting a position at Bat World Sanctuary. Erica has been recognized for her work during the damaging flood waters that hit Houston Texas from Hurricane Harvey.
David Naranjo, Assistant Caregiver
David is a Texas native with a love for bats that runs deep. So deep in fact that it was a school field trip to Bat World in the early 2000s that led him to inquire about a job working with the bats as an adult. The experience he has had learning while working with the sweet creatures has been both humbling and fulfilling and has reignited his desire to further his education and discover the lands and animals—specifically bats— in the ever-changing world around him. David is quite tall which is an immense help to Bat World during rescues, as seen in this video. This also allows Peekaboo to greet David face-to-face and tell him how much she appreciates his help.
STAFF/VOLUNTEER FOOTAGE FROM A LIVE FEED ON NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY