Volume 31, Issue 3, Fall 2013

The Wish List • Fall 2013

To the Batmobile!

We need two late-model cars in excellent working condition for our offices in Austin and Washington, D.C. If you have a car you no longer need, please consider donating it to BCI. This generous gift will let us spend less money on operating costs and invest more in saving bats and their habitats around the world. If you would like to donate, please contact BCI at edassist@batcon.org.

Educating Bat Hunters in Cameroon

Bats, an ingredient of many traditional medicines, are high-value targets for hunters in the Bakossi Forest of Cameroon. The indiscriminate, unsustainable hunting and sales have dramatically reduced bat populations throughout the region, and this threat grows worse each year. Hilary Ewang Ngide of the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD) Cameroon proposes a pilot program to convince five Bakossi villages of the urgent need to conserve these vital animals and to regulate bat hunting and trade. The team hopes to educate villagers and schoolchildren about the values of bats and work with traditional leaders, local councils and conservationists to protect them. The project includes recruiting and training five-person teams in each village to carry bat-conservation efforts into the future. For this critical effort, Ngide requests a Global Grassroots Conservation Fund grant of $4,000.

Learning Bat Husbandry

Dianne Odegard is BCI’s Coordinator of Public Information and Training. She’s also a bat rehabilitator and caretaker of BCI’s “ambassador bats” – two aging African straw-colored fruit bats named Zoey and ZuZu. We hope eventually that a few more bats might join these two, which fascinate all who see them. Dianne needs to attend a unique bat-husbandry workshop offered by the Lubee Bat Conservancy at its conservation-­research facility in Florida. The respected nonprofit ­organization is dedicated to the conservation of fruit- and nectar-eating bats. The two-day training, aimed at zoo professionals and researchers, covers such issues as best practices for enclosures, diet and supplements, medical issues and the latest ideas for enriching the lives of these amazing bats. Dianne’s tuition is $400 and airfare will be approximately $300.

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