Bat World Sanctuary

aka Bat World   |   Weatherford, TX   |  https://www.batworld.org

Mission

Providing permanent sanctuary for non-releasable bats, the protection and conservation of wild bat colonies, promoting the humane treatment of bats in captivity, educating the public about the importance of bats, and training animal care professionals on the proper treatment of bats. We believe that great animal rescue organizations are judged not just by the scale of the work that they do, but by the impact that work has on the lives of the animals they serve. We actively work with zoos, researchers and animal shelters to offer an alternative to death. Many of the bats in our care have lived terrible lives before coming to us. We provide the security and privacy they need to recuperate from their previous existence. Our facility is currently the only accredited bat sanctuary in the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Although there are many measures for what constitutes success – monetary, legal, emotional, etc., our organization won everything at once when we were able to hold a vicious cyber-stalker accountable for her actions against Bat World Sanctuary. The judge concluded at the end of the 4-day trial that Founder and President of Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar, possesses a world renowned reputation and she is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates. He awarded damages of 6 Million Dollars to Amanda. Unfortunately, this cyber-stalker continues to harass Bat World to this day as there are no yet in place to protect victims from online harassment of this sort. Amanda created a page to help adult victims of cyber-stalking, harassment and bullying: http://stand-up-to-cyberstalkers.blogspot.com/ Our cyber-stalker leaves defamatory reviews on Guidestar, and because of this, we had to close our 5-star rating and reviews can no longer be posted.

Ruling year info

1994

Founder & President

Amanda Lollar

Main address

299 High Point Rd

Weatherford, TX 76088 USA

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EIN

75-2503642

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

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Build a Bat Castle

Conservation goals of the organization are presently focused on the Mexican free-tail bat. Dramatic losses have been documented in nine out of ten caves in Mexico known to have once sheltered the largest bat populations. To safeguard over twenty thousand Mexican free-tail bats, including their annual nursery colony, our organization purchased a building in 1992 that served as a permanent wild sanctuary for this species, and in 2012, we built a "bat castle" capable of providing habitat for over 100,000 free-tailed bats. See http://batworld.org/conservation-efforts/ for additional information.

Population(s) Served

In response to White Nose Syndrome, the single most devastating disease to ever hit bat populations, we hosted twelve 14 day internships on the rehabilitation and captive care of insectivorous bats. Veterinary students, zoologists, biologists and other animal care professionals attended the program, which was held June 6th through September 10th. They were provided comprehensive yet compassionate medical training. Bats comprise 25% of all mammalian species on earth, yet bat education is not part of the veterinary curriculum. Because of the lack of general knowledge about bats, educational institutions offer no training on the nutritional requirements, husbandry needs, and social structure of bats, yet graduates from these institutions are often charged with the welfare of these animals. The potential impact on our bat populations is dependent upon the greatest number of individuals that can be properly trained to cope with a species that is now on the brink of extinction.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A one-day workshop provided several times a year for animal care professionals who wish to learn proper rehabilitation and captive care techniques for insectivorous bats. Lecture topics include: Introduction to bats Public protocol Rabies pre-exposure vaccination requirements for rehabilitators Intake and handling procedures of crevice and tree bats Species identification Appropriate food determination Feeding techniques for infant and adult bats Caging requirements and environmental enrichment       Lab topics include: Injection techniques (using dead specimens) Stabilization of open and closed wing fractures (using dead specimens)

Population(s) Served
Adults

Establishing international rescue centers to provide help to the public as well as wildlife rehabilitators.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Establishing international rescue centers to help bats and the public around the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2102

Awards

Kindred Spirit Award 2005

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Animnal Planet Hero of the Year Award finalist 2008

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The Indy Prize nominee 2009

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Indy Prize nominee 2014

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Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence 2016

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Goals & Strategy

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Our goals include continuing our mission of educating the public about the importance of bats, promoting the humane treatment of bats in captivity (i.e. zoos, research & media), the conservation of wild bat colonies, and work toward the the reversal of the CDC's decision to allow fruit bats to enter the exotic pet trade.
We also plan to expand our sanctuary in 2014 with the construction of a new facility on land that Bat World Sanctuary (BWS) owns. This larger facility will allows us rescue more bats in jeopardy of entering the cruel pet trade through zoo closures. We recently built a bat castle, a one-of-a-kind man made structure capable of providing habitat for up to 100,000 bats. The bat castle sits on the same land owned by BWS. Once occupied, bats in need of habitat will have a safe refuge where they can live and raise their young for decades to come.

We also plan to build a man-made cave in 2015 or 2016. The cave will be located on a spot of land that has been donated for the project by a contributor.

Our strategy is to continue our educational efforts about bats through social media as well as on the ground educational programs that we provide throughout the US. We also plan to mount a critter cam inside the flight enclosures of the new facility once it is built. This will allow viewing of the bats natural behavior by exposing the intelligence, cleanliness of playfulness that all bats possess. This will allow people to better relate to bats as a whole, and will strengthen the public's desire to protect and conserve bats as a species.

Strategies for completion of the new Bat World Sanctuary facility and the bat castle have already been accomplished. The strategy for building the bat cave involves picking out a prime location on the section of land that has been donated for the project, obtaining construction estimates, and lastly, writing for grants to cover the cost of building the man-made cave.

Founder and President Amanda Lollar has over 20 years experience working with both fruit and insect-eating bats. In 1989, Amanda found an injured bat on a hot Texas sidewalk. She nursed it back to health, and in the process this small helpless creature taught Amanda the enchanting language of bats, sparking her indelible love for this remarkable species. In 1994, Amanda liquidated her furniture business to found Bat World Sanctuary. She has since authored both scientific and popular literature about bats, including her most recent work, Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats. Amanda is a licensed bat care specialist in the State of Texas, permitted to work with threatened and endangered species, and also holds USFWS permits. Amanda administrates the Bat World's social media pages and has brought the number of fans on the BWS Facebook page from 5,000 to over 50,000 on just three years.
Dottie Hyatt, Bat World Sanctuary's VP, is an active licensed bat specialist and writes grants for the organization. Dottie has been presenting out reach education programs about bats for nearly 10 years to school children as well as adults, and also co-instructs Bat World’s one-day workshops which are held throughout the year. Dottie has had articles in the press from the Washington Post to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram to the Miami Herald. She has also been featured on television and the radio.

Denise Tomlin, BWS's Treasurer. has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Western Michigan University. She is very active in the bat community as a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Taxon Advisory Group for bats and a member of the Florida Bat Working Group. She currently holds licensure from the United State Department of Agriculture, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Denise has authored various articles and book chapters including some on acclimating bats for use in educational programs, hand rearing of flying foxes, bats of Florida and other topics. She loves the abundance and diversity of Florida’s wildlife, where she currently resides. Denise was instrumental in creating the first standards ever written for bats in captivity. She is a surgical, onological and critical care technician for a veterinary clinic. She is also certified as a veterinary dental technician, and Director of Bat World Everglades.

Kate Rugroden, BWS Director of Special Projects, is a licensed wildlife care professional specializing in bats, raccoons, and opossums. Kate has an extensive background in presenting educational programs utilizing both live animals and artifacts as a docent at the Minnesota Zoo. Kate co-instructs Bat World’s one-day workshops which are held throughout the year.

Over the past 20 years, BWS has worked very hard to become the largest sanctuary, rehabilitation and teaching sanctuary in the world dedicated exclusively to bats. We have trained over 400 bat rehabilitators, conservation scientists, researchers and veterinarians in workshops for the rehabilitation of insectivorous bats, and we have authored and published over a dozen books and scientific papers. We have created a worldwide database to help the public find a bat care professional in their area when they happen upon a grounded/injured bat. BWS has rescued, rehabilitated and released over 15,000 native bats and provided permanent sanctuary for 300 non-releasable bats. We have educated over three-million people through on the ground educational programs, social media, and videos (one which went viral). We have established a bat house projects in Mineral Wells Texas, Stephenville, TX, Clifton, TX and Corrales, NM. We saved a wild colony of 50,000 bats through the purchase of a building the bats had been using as habitat for decades (the building was slated for destruction before we purchased it to save the bats). In the past two years BWS purchased land to relocate, built a bat castle on the land to serve as protected wild bat habitat, and we are in the process of constructing a brand new, larger facility to rescue more bats in need of permanent sanctuary.

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Bat World Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 8/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Lollar

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Kate Rugroden

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Dottie Hyatt

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Amanda Lollar

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Addison McCool

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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