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With the symbolic adoption of a fruit bat, you join Lubee's efforts to save bats.  You can adopt a bat for yourself as a personal commitment to conservation, or as a gift. Each adoption is fully tax deductible.
Adoption kits come at two donation levels and each contain different items:
Large and Small Plush Bats
At $25 (plus shipping) you receive:
A photo and certificate depicting your chosen bat AND a small bat plush
At $50 (plus shipping) you receive:
A photo and certificate depicting your chosen bat AND a large fruit bat plush
Email at [email protected] for further information


 Everyone loves bat shirts!  And if they don't, they should.

Lubee offers two shirt designs, both featuring our prominant fruit bat logo in the center of the chest.
Gator Tee
For $15 (plus shipping) you can opt for a stylish brown shirt with copper rings.  A big hit with men (sizes S-XXL).
To please the Gator fans in your home, opt for this Blue shirt featuring Lubee's logo in orange.  All this Gators pride for only $10 !(plus shipping)(sizes YS-XXL)
To place orders, email us:
Our new web site shop is underconstruction currently.
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Issue: # 1 December/2007
Welcome to the first release of the Lubee Bat Conservancy's Pteropus Ptelegram!  Don't worry, that's not a typo. The name is inspired by the scientific name of the family our conservancy most commonly deals with, the Pteropid bats. 
This newsletter will help keep you in the know with news from Lubee. We are sorry we have been out of contact for a while, but with a new, user-friendly format, you can look forward to more Pteropus Ptelegrams throughout the year. Thank you so much for your interest and commitment to fruit bat conservation worldwide, and be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events and offers from Lubee. 
This is new to us, so I apologize if your Dear x name is currently set as your email address, tell us and we will try and rectify this over time.
Oh yeah, and enjoy!
Flying Fruit Bat Banner3rd Annual Florida Bat Festival 
Lubee's 3rd Annual Bat Fest was held on Saturday, October 27th 2007 and was a huge success.  Over 1,000 guests came from the greater North Central Florida region, and we even attracted visitors from neighboring states and as far away as Massachusetts and Maine!
The day was literally jam packed with animal viewing, activites, and educational talks, including one on Bats in the Miltary. Guests had the unique opportunity to observe Lubee's collection of nearly 250 fruit bats up close and personal. 
Hypos w/ melon
This year's festival also introduced the world to Lubee's personal bat superheroes, MegaBat and Micro - developed by our Festival Coordinator, Brock Eastman. With the help of these winged characters, Lubee's guests learned that all bats are superheroes for our environment, not just the ones with masks and capes.
If you missed the fun this year, don't make the same mistake twice! Mark your calendar for next year's festival.  The 4th Annual Florida Bat Festival will be held on Saturday, October 25th 2008.
Brown Scientists Win NSF Award for Bat Flight Models
Bats are the only mammals on Earth that can truly fly, and the only other animals capable of this are insects and birds. However, the flight mechanincs of bats are largely unknown.  A team of researchers from Brown University are set on understanding how these animals fly.bat flight
The team's efforts were rewarded this year by winning a First place prize in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science and Technology 2007 Visualization Challenge.  The data and images created by the team helped them defeat over 200 other entries from 23 countries.
The team used motion-capture technology on bats (loaned to them from Lubee's collection) in wind tunnels to monitor wing movement and air flow over the wings.  In July 2007, the team came to Lubee to study the movements of larger species in a flight lab at our center in Gainesville, Florida.
 Borneo Flying Fox Bush Meat Survey Project  Bush Meat Being Sold in a Market in Borneo

The status of the Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus), one of the species at Lubee, is unknown over much of its range. In those areas where data are available, severe declines have been noted. This species is listed on CITES Appendix II - species which may become threatened if trade is not controlled.


Thanks to support from Lubee in partnership with others, a small pilot project had led to the first description of hunting techniques and intensity of Pteropus vampyrus natunae in Indonesian Borneo.


Large Flying FoxResearchers Matthew  Struebig, Mark Harrison, Susan Cheyne and Suwido Limin, discovered that in forests around Palangka Raya this species is captured in canopy-level nets to support trade in the provincial capital. They estimated that in 2003 4,500 individuals were extracted from a single location in 30 days, which, together with trends reported in interviews with hunters and traders, suggests that hunting in this region is intensive and probably causing severe population declines.


Lubee is helping fund Further surveys hroughout Kalimantan to determine if this trend is occurring around other cities and whether intervention is needed to safeguard viable populations.

For more information visit theKalimantan Bat Conservation Project.

A Grey-headed Flying Fox at the Lubee Bat Conservancy Australian Bats Feel the Heat
Global warming is a hot topic lately, with predictions that increasing temperatures will not only cause the ice caps to mely, but also allow tropical species, like fruit bats, to expand their distribution ranges.  However, a new study from the University of Cambridge shows that climate change may prove to be a double edged sword for bats.
While an increasing temperature reduces the number of bat-deterring cold nights, it also creates extreme temperatures during the day. In January 2002, temperatures peaked at over 42 degrees Celsius in New South Wales, Australia.  he bats tried to beat the heat by fanning themselves with their wings and panting, but the extremes proved too much. Bats began falling to the ground, dying within 20 minutes.
The heat wave killed 3,500 flying foxes in 9 different roosts. Among the dead were Grey-headed Flying Foxes and Black Flying Foxes. It is estimated that close to 30,000 animals have died in similar events since 1994.  There is little evidence that such die offs have happened prior to 1994. These findings have important conservation implications for flying foxes and indeed Australia's ecosystems. A co-author of the study, Stefan Klose, was quoted by The Telegraph saying:

"These animals are simply not able to cope with higher temperatures and so they die. They are the seed dispersers for Australia's rainforest so the ecosystem effects could be very considerable."


 Mindoro Stripe-faced Fruit Bat:  The New Fruit Bat Species Found in the Phillipines 

Mindoro stripe-face fruit bat

For our first "Focus Species" segment, we would like to introduce the world to this newly discovered species of fruit bat discovered on the Mindoro Islands, the Mindoro Stripe-faced Fruit Bat (Styloctenium mindorensis)
This species was officially described in the August 2007 Journal of Mammology. During a field venture in Feburary 2006, a research group caught this bat in the nets used to census local wildlife. The genus Styloctenium previously only contained one species until this bat with its distinct facial patterning and dental structure was found.
This bat's existence had been rumored by local people who had claimed to eat them, but no sightings were confirmed until this animal was caught. It is believed that this newly discovered animal is already under the threat of extinction from deforestation and hunting.  his is often the case in the Phillippines where new species are discovered almost as quickly as their habitat is being destroyed.
Lubee is succesful because of its dedicated staff, and also because of you, the people and organizations who make our work possible. I'd like to extend my personal thanks to each and every one of you who has visited our website, and especially those of you who have been kind enough to provide support to Lubee through web donations.
Please be patient with out of date information on our web site while we are updating to a new look site in January 2008.


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Allyson Walsh
Lubee Bat Conservancy