Lubee maximizes the opportunities provided by its living animal collection to facilitate research that leads to a greater understanding of the unique biology and ecology of fruit and nectar bats to improve conservation management of wild and captive populations.

Lubee has over 160 scientific publications (Journal articles, book chapters, theses) either published or in press.

When Lubee was founded, little information existed on the life history of fruit bats in the wild or in captivity. For over two decades, Lubee has supported research that has significantly expanded our knowledge of the reproductive biology, physiology, behavior, nutrition, phylogeny and ecology of fruit bats.

Lubee is the only facility in North America with breeding colonies of the following species:

  • Large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus),
  • Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus),
  • Variable flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus),
  • Little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus),

Lubee has bred all of these species successfully, and surplus animals are loaned to AZA accredited zoos for exhibition and education.

The living bat collection at Lubee provides a unique opportunity to study Pteropodid bats in a controlled setting. If you are interested in conducting a research project with the bats housed at our Bat Center, please contact the director at