Lubee Bat Conservancy

Conservation in 
World Wide

About the Organization

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 Conservation Challenge

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.

Conservation Approach

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 Takes Action

California Trail

Oakland Zoo's California Trail includes bison alongside other native Californian species. These bison will breed naturally, and their offspring will be returned to Blackfeet tribal land in Montana to strengthen the wild herd. Conservation education is also an important component of the California Trail.

Outreach and Education

Oakland Zoo aims to use our immense access to the public to help wildlife. We are enthusiastic about the return of bison to Blackfeet tribal lands, and we show this by sharing information about this charismatic species - as well as what people can do to help them - with our guests.

Ecotourism

Oakland Zoo will assist the Iinnii Initiative with the cultivation of ecotourism programs, creating nature-based, sustainable jobs and inspiring learning and connection to bison and the Blackfeet Nation heritage.

You Can Take Action Too

For more information about the Lubee Bat Conservancy, visit their website

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