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The current pandemic has led to misinformation, hysteria, and the unfortunate killing of bats.  We created this webpage to provide information on a range of topics to cover everything from bats to wildlife trafficking.  Portions of the Lubee statement were provided by certain members of our scientific advisory board, some of whom are virologists and epidemiologists playing an active role in the current crisis.

We encourage dialogue with everyone.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

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No matter the media coverage, false information, or fear,

always remember ...

Bats And Other Wildlife Aren’t The Problem, Humans Are.

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Lubee Statement on Bats and Zoonotic Disease

Lubee Research Statement - Our Role in Understanding Bats and Human Health

Bat TAG Recommendations for Working with Bats in a Zoological Institution

Bat Conservation Trust Information on Covid-19 and Bats

Viral Witch Hunt on Bats

Peru Mob Burns Hundreds of Bats

Bats Are Not to Blame for Coronavirus, Humans Are

The Truth About Bats video produced by Emily Stanford

Jane Goodall Statement on Our Relationship With the Natural World

Coronavirus Leads to More Premature Scapegoating of Bats

More Evidence Suggests Pangolins May Have Passed Coronavirus From Bats to Humans

Human Impact on Wildlife to Blame for Spread of Viruses, says study

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals  and Eurobats statement

Joint Statement from Bats without Borders and Bat Conservation Africa

BCT Conservationist - It Isn't Bats That Have Caused This Pandemic, it's Humans

It’s a Tough Time to Be a Fan of Bats, Bat Devotees Step Up Defense of Their Favorite Creature

US Department of the Interior Guidance for FWS employees engaging in Activities with Bats

Guidelines for Communicating About Bats to Prevent Persecution in the Time of COVID-19


Broad Host Range of SARS-CoV-2 Predicted by Comparative and Structural Analysis of ACE2 in Vertebrates

IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group (BSG) Recommended Strategy for Researchers to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Humans to Bats

Does public fear that bats spread COVID-19 jeopardize bat conservation?

COVID-19 doesn't infect key US bat species

IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group - FAQs Covid-19 and Bats

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