This is the tale of Lil’ Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat who was raised by the folks at Bat World Sanctuary.
His mother was yet another casualty from zoo closures which are occurring across the US. She is a young mother who was stressed from the conditions in which she was kept, combined with the additional trauma of being captured and transferred to a new and unfamiliar environment. Consequently, she abandoned Lil’ Drac after he was born. He was found on the padded floor of the indoor flight enclosure at Bat World Sanctuary, curled up in a little ball.
Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line in ending the abuse and destruction of bats. Each year we rescue thousands of bats that might otherwise die. Bat World is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with 20 rescue centers nationwide.
Why save bats? Because they are among the most beautiful and beneficial animals on earth. They are vital for healthy ecosystems and enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rain-forest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by
fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insects that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
Yet for all they do, bats are continually killed due to myths, superstition and
fear. The life expectancy of a single bat may exceed 20 years, but slow birth rates limit their population growth. When just 5 bats are needlessly killed, a potential 100 years of animal life is destroyed. Worldwide, almost 60% of bats are either endangered or official candidates for listing, and they desperately need your help.
Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 and is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization with 20 rescue centers nationwide. Donations allow us to continue our rescue efforts for bats. You can help us save bats by educating others about their plight, and by donating to Bat World Sanctuary. Click here to read our mission. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
Each year we rescue thousands of bats that might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities.
* To provide rescue, rehabilitation and release for injured bats.
* To provide permanent sanctuary for non-releasable bats.
* The protection and conservation of wild bat colonies.
* To promote humane treatment of bats in research facilities and zoos.
* To educate the public about the importance of bats.
Doris Day Kindred Spirit Award, 2005
Animal Planet Hero of the Year Finalist, 2008
Indianapolis Conservation Award Nominee, 2010
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