Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization working with others to save fruit and nectar bats and their habitats through conservation, research and education.
Lubee Bat Conservancy (formerly called The Lubee Foundation, Inc.) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1989 by the late Luis F. Bacardi, a Bacardi Rum family member with a strong passion for endangered wildlife and a particular fondness for bats. The name "Lubee" is derived from his nickname, "Lu B." Mr. Bacardi devoted his life to the preservation of endangered species, and played a key role in ensuring a future for flying foxes throughout the Pacific. In 1989, Lubee's support of a landmark conference held in the Pacific Islands resulted in Lubee becoming signatory to The Pacific Island Flying Fox Declaration, pledging to safeguard against the exploitation of flying foxes and against the loss of the rain forests upon which flying foxes depend.
The Illegal Wildlife Trade
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the top most destructive and illicit transnational crimes of our times, along with drugs, arms and human trafficking. Illegal wildlife trafficking, for the pet industry and for products and souvenirs, has a devastating impact on animal welfare, species conservation, and ecosystems. It is a major cause of species extinction, second only to habitat loss. Ninety percent of animals smuggled for the pet trade die in transit, and those that survive need constant care and attention.
Harvesting of Turtle Eggs
The Pacific leatherback turtle is nearly extinct with only 1,438 mature individuals remaining in the entire Pacific ocean. Despite their endangered status, virtually all sea turtle nests in Guatemala are harvested by poachers and the eggs sold as a supposed aphrodisiac.
Advocacy and Outreach
Thanks to the work of Golden Gate Audubon, Oakland and San Francisco have adopted bird safe building requirements that will help prevent bird collisions. They advocate for responsible pet ownership, such as indoor-only cats, to reduce the number of avian mortalities. Golden Gate Audubon Society also works with arborist societies and independent contractors to provide training on seasonal tree trimming, how to spot a nest, and how to follow proper protocols and laws.
Grassroots ConservationFounded in 1917, Golden Gate Audubon Society partners with land management organizations, local schools, and city planning staff to keep the Bay Area a safe and healthy place for birds. They use a reach of over 7,000 members to monitor threatened species, restore habitats, and educate the public on sharing urban space with wildlife. Docents and volunteers spend time monitoring species like the Burrowing Owl, collecting data on the birds’ activities, as well as educating the public about the unique species.EducationGolden Gate Audubon Society works with disadvantaged schools in East Oakland, North Richmond, and Southeast San Francisco to provide classes on local habitats and ecosystems, both in classrooms and on field trips. Classes of many subjects are also provided to adults for a small fee. Together, Golden Gate Audubon Society conducts over 150 field trips per year. A Speaker Series featuring biologists, researchers, photographers, and others is hosted monthly in either San Francisco or Berkeley.
Oakland Zoo's 2018-2019 Quarters for Conservation Programs
Since 2018, Oakland Zoo has rehabilitated eight orphaned cougars from all over California, all casualties of the human-wildlife conflict.
Through a unique camera trap research program, the Bay Area Puma Project engages and empowers communities to collect critical data, becoming citizen scientists and stewards for cougar survival and human coexistence.
Animals of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala are often poached for the illegal wildlife trade, threatening populations of birds, monkeys and other species.
ARCAS’s new world-class Biodiversity Education Center will provide citizens, tourists and officials the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to protect the Mayan jungle and all of the wildlife that lives there.
For people living near the Kibale Forest of Uganda, resources must be used sustainably for the jungle that chimpanzees call home to survive and flourish.
The New Nature Foundation empowers communities to live sustainably through education, tree planting, biomass briquettes and eco-stove use, ensuring a connected society that celebrates and protects the chimpanzees that live in the Kibale Forest.
For more information about the Lubee Bat Conservancy, visit their website