Volume 11
Issue 2

The Maintenance of Bats in Captivity
Susan M. Barnard
1991, 104 pp.
Available from the author, 6146 Fieldcrest Drive, Morrow, GA 30260, $7.95 postpaid, U.S. (foreign sales are welcome; write to author for prices)

THE MAINTENANCE OF BATS IN CAPTIVITY is an excellent resource for animal rehabilatators and zoo keepers, or anyone who cares for captive bats. Its scope is broad; the manual details the captive care of insect-eating bats, fruit-eating bats, and even vampire bats, complete with species-specific food formulas, medical considerations, and proper enclosures. It also covers caring for injured bats, as well as hand-rearing orphaned pups.

The manual’s Appendix is particularly valuable. It is well illustrated and includes a complete list of the food sources and products mentioned in the manual and where to obtain them. It also contains a list of relevant literature. In addition, the Appendix includes detailed instructions on maintaining various types of insect colonies to feed the bats.

One of the best things about The Maintenance of Bats in Captivity is that it is revised annually, which allows for new information and ensures that it is the most up-to-date manual of its kind.