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The mission of Bat World Sanctuary is to provide rescue, rehabilitation and release for injured and orphaned bats, to provide a permanent sanctuary for non-releasable bats, to promote the humane treatment of captive bats in zoo and research environments, to protect wild bat colonies from abuse and destruction, to promote bat conservation through education, and to increase public awareness about safety issues regarding the inappropriate handling of bats.
Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 as a rescue-rehabilitation center and sanctuary operated exclusively for bats. Hundreds of injured and orphaned bats arrive for medical treatment each year and up to 80% of these bats are saved and returned to the wild. We are engaged in all facets of bat conservation.
We've developed treatments for a variety of conditions in microbats and published a comprehensive medical reference. Our book, Captive Care and Medical Reference for the Rehabilitation of Insectivorous Bats is being used to rehabilitate bats worldwide. We also provide workshops, seminars, and lectures on the rehabilitation of insectivorous bats. Our List-serve, World Bat Line, is utilized by hundreds of bat rehabilitators across the world for immediate help in saving bats.
We have developed a national network of rescue centers dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of North American bat species.
We educate thousands of school children a year about the benefits of bats as well as the potential dangers of handling wild animals through our educational outreach programs. Bat World Sanctuary and Rescue Centers have been featured on Animal Planet, the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, PBS, Late Night with David Letterman, the CBS Early Show, National Geographic Channel and 20/20. Bat Worls Sanctuary and Rescue Centers have also been featured in major newspapers including the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.
We are purchasing a building being used as habitat by a colony of 20,000 displaced Mexican free-tailed bats. This colony, once slated for extermination, now has a permanent refuge in this building, which also serves as a wild sanctuary for thousands of migrating bats that use it as a stop-over site.
We haveconducted the first successful mating behavior study of Mexican free-tailed bats which resulted in knowledge that will impact future conservation efforts.
We have developed a list consisting of hundreds of bat rehabilitators throughout North America, enabling us to locate help for the thousands of people in both the US and Canada that find injured and orphaned bats every year.