Meet Our Staff

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Amanda hand-feeding a juvenile Mexican free-tailed bat.

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, The Captive Care and Rehabilitation of 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.


Addison, doing her daily checks on the bats in rehabilitation.

Addison McCool, Executive Director
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. In her free time Addison enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring national and state parks.  After working  in Yellowstone National Park, she found her love for bats while rescuing downed insect bats in the historic lodge she worked in. Her compassion and tenderness toward all animals matches her dedication to help bats and further the mission of Bat World Sanctuary.


Moriah with her favorite bat, Statler, a 32 year-old flying fox.

Moriah Adams, Senior Bat Caregiver
Moriah 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. Moriah 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.”

Emily giving melon treats to rescued African fruit bats.

Emily Laszczak, Assistant Director
Emily is a native of Weatherford, Texas. She has always had a deep rooted passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, bats in particular. Emily has been a volunteer at the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter since she was 16. She has saved the lives of dozens of domestic pets through her social media posts for the shelter. Before coming to Bat World Sanctuary, Emily worked in accounting for five years. Since joining our team, Emily’s fondness for bats has increased tenfold, increasing her thirst for knowledge about bats and bat rescue. Emily’s bookkeeping, social media and rescue skills serve as a great asset in forwarding the mission of to Bat World Sanctuary.

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