MISSION & PURPOSE
Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement.
Lubee places conservation and education as its two core institutional purposes. Local and global education programs connect children with nature, foster environmental stewardship, and inspire the next generation of conservation scientists to become leaders within their communities.
Lubee was founded in 1989 by Luis F. Bacardi* as a conservation, breeding and research center for endangered animals. After three years, the center narrowed its focus to Old World fruit bats that are still cared for to this day. *Please note that Lubee receives no financial support from Bacardi.
Lubee’s first big success was in 1990 when it supported a landmark conference that resulted in the Pacific Island Flying Fox Declaration. This Declaration pledged to safeguard against the over-exploitation of flying foxes and the rainforests upon which flying foxes depend on and maintain. Since then, Lubee has continued to push for the conservation of bats worldwide.
Lubee is the global leader in fruit bat care, husbandry, and medical management. Located in Gainesville, Florida, over 200 bats are housed on property, spending their days playing, socializing, and interacting with their roost mates. As a USDA registered and AZA certified related zoological institution, Lubee ensures that the animals and facilities are maintained to the highest ethical standards. Working with a team of conservation scientists, educators and zoological professionals around the world, Lubee has addressed diverse threats faced by endangered species. Field projects have been conducted in 19 countries and our education programs continue to inform the public about the critical relationship between bats, ecosystems and human health. With a focus on children and community engagement, our education programs continue to reach over 30,000 people annually. Projects have included empowerment of women's groups, job creation, forest protection, and construction of schools in areas of critical need.
LUIS F. BACARDI
Lubee is the ONLY bat conservation organization in the world that houses endangered bats while maintaining active conservation and education programs.