Amanda has worked daily at Bat World Sanctuary in an unpaid position since 1994. She is an author of both scientific and popular literature about bats, including her most recent work, The Captive Care and Rehabilitation of Insectivorous Bats. Amanda has has twice been nominated for the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading prize for conservation. In 2010 Amanda was a top 10 finalist in the Animal Planet Hero of the Year Award, and in August of 2016 Amanda received The Carol Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence. Click here to read her CV.
Addison McCool, Executive Director & VP
From a young age, Addison has always surrounded herself with animals. She grew up working with horses and rescuing dogs and small animals, oftentimes rescuing them from certain death and finding appropriate homes. After working in Yellowstone National Park, she found her love for bats while rescuing downed insect bats in a historic lodge at the park. Her dedication to help bats and further the mission of Bat World Sanctuary (BWS) has been proven time and time again over the past two years. Addison now serves as both Executive Director and VP of BWS.
Kasci Toups, Senior Director & Secretary
Kasci attended college for biology with a concentration in animal science. She grew up loving animals from her numerous pets to working at a grooming salon and vet clinic. She enjoys rescuing and rehabilitating animals in her free time and adopted her dog, Bellatrix from her local pound. She also rescued two spiny mice from the pet trade and has rehabilated squirrels and opossums in Louisiana. Formerly she worked with numerous species of animals at her previous job as a zookeeper. Her dedication and perseverance for saving animals and the environment serve as an incredible aid to furthering our mission.
Rex Dominguez, Animal Caregiver
Rex developed a passion for animal care and conservation as a child when she found out the real life counterpart to her beloved panda bear was an endangered species. Since then she has educated herself on conservation efforts across the world, and volunteered at various rescues and animal shelters in her community. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Texas Tech and is a proud Red Raider. She lives with her rescue pup Ichabod and they enjoy exploring the trails and trees at the state park. Rex has worked in several animal focused positions and it’s ecstatic to be working with bats, one of her favorite animals.