Lubee Bat Conservancy (originally named the Lubee Foundation) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1989 by the late Luis F. Bacardi who had a strong passion for endangered wildlife, particularly bats. Luis died in 1991 and Lubee was originally partially endowed by a bequest from his estate. This endowment, together with grants and donations, has allowed Lubee to function for the past 25 years. It should also be noted that Lubee is not connected with or funded by the Bacardi rum company.
The name “Lubee” is derived from Luis F. Bacardi’s name. Luis Bacardi devoted his life to the preservation of endangered species and played a key role in ensuring a future for flying foxes throughout the Pacific. In 1990, Lubee’s support of a landmark conference held in the Pacific Islands resulted in the Pacific Island Flying Fox Declaration, which pledges to safeguard against the over-exploitation of flying foxes and the loss of the rain forests upon which flying foxes depend on and maintain. Luis Bacardi’s dream of helping these overlooked wild animals continues through his legacy.
Lubee Bat Conservancy is on a 110-acre ranch and was once used as a temporary holding area for animals that were transferred to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today we still maintain a close working relationship with Disney.