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A 2016 reminder of what Wild Things Sanctuary wildlife heroes have achieved, lives they've saved, and dreams they dream!
Wild Things Sanctuary Celebrates 2016!

LIttle girl a big brown bat
 
“This little rescue has made me see bats in a whole new light. Good people doing great things for all creatures...Even BATS deserve our love.”
 
To me, these lines on the Wild Things Sanctuary Facebook page are more precious than gold, because it means that all the hard work and tough times have been worth it. Together we are making a real difference helping animals, and the goal that laid the foundation for Wild Things Sanctuary is being achieved: to help “the forgotten ones.”

Our wild neighbors live among us, but they are often given little thought when we go about our human lives. Yet, almost everything we do affects their well-being: we cut down trees; create buildings and so much garbage; let our pets outside unattended; drive too fast without always paying attention; even many of our cleaning products and medications that we take end up in rivers, endangering animals’ habitats and health.

Wild Things Sanctuary was founded to try to balance out these negative intrusions into their wild lives. My goals were to create a safe place for wild animals where they could heal and find comfort, be a voice for them, and spread the word that we can all help make their lives better—every animal is special and deserves a chance, our respect, and consideration.

That’s why the Facebook comment at the top of this page means so much to me: our hard work IS making a difference. People are learning and opening their minds and hearts to our wild neighbors.

And not just locally. One volunteer has gone on to found the amazing Avian and  Reptile Rehabilitation Trust in Bangalore, India. Others have taken skills learned at Wild Things Sanctuary and now work in the veterinary field. One bat rescuer decided on a Halloween theme for her wedding, and in lieu of gifts, made donations to Wild Things and taught her guests about bats. A bat researcher in Brazil called upon us for instruction when he was given two orphan bat pups. An educator at the San Antonio Zoo started a bat program after meeting the patients at Wild Things Sanctuary. Folks around the world learn about wildlife concerns and diseases from our website and social media presence. A supporter in Chicago writes, “I used YOUR website looking for advice and guidance and reassurance. The work that you do is so important. Very happy to support you.”

The work we ALL do is so important, and a big thanks to all of you who spread the Wild Things word and help keep us going. Thousands of wild animals have been helped thanks to you they are no longer the forgotten ones.

Many happy wishes for a wonderful holiday season and great year ahead. Let’s keep up the good work!
 





 

 
Our 2016 Social Media Star

a Hoary bat eats at Wild Things Sanctuary
 
You don’t have to be a reality TV star to make a splash on social media. This lovely young Hoary bat came to us with a badly injured tail. Hoary Bat at Wild Things SanctuaryA family was picnicking by a pond, when SPLASH! She fell from a tree into the water. While recovering at Wild Things Sanctuary, a short video of her munching down her dinner was a hit on Facebook: viewed nearly 400,000 times, and shared by about 6,000 people. Many people had no idea that bats could be so beautiful, and were impressed that she had learned to eat out of a bowl. Hoary bats migrate, and live in trees—colored to blend into their leafy homes. They are very secretive and rarely give away their presence—there could be one outside your window right now!
 

 
Bats and Agriculture
 
Pallid bat by Merlin TuttleWhy care about bats? There are lots of reasons! But one important reason is that they provide us with affordable pesticide-free food thanks to their voracious appetites for insects. In other areas of the world, their roles in pollination and seed dispersal are essential to maintaining a healthy ecosystem and for many crops such as bananas and walnuts. Some estimate fruit bats are responsible for more than 90 percent of the reforestation of the world’s rainforests via seed dispersal. Without these bats we would lose these forests without cutting down one tree. Read more about bats and agriculture on the new Bats911 website.

Above, a Pallid bat catches a long-horned grasshopper in Texas. Even light infestations of six to seven grasshoppers per square yard in a 10 acre hay field will eat as much hay as a cow; in a 40-acre hay field, 17 grasshoppers per square yard will eat a ton of hay a day. All types of field crops, vegetable crops, fruit crops, flowers, and shrubs are subject to attack. Photo by Merlin Tuttle.
 

 
Meet Some of the Patients
 
Ruby Angel is an Eastern red bat.Ruby Angel is an Eastern red bat, found dehydrated in the middle of winter at the World Trade Center Plaza in New York City. She came to Wild Things Sanctuary to stay for the winter. Red bats and other tree-roosting bats have a preference for moths over beetles.

Zubat is a baby Big brown batZubat was a baby Big brown bat, when he was found by people  out playing Pokémon GO this summer. He even made the news! During his life, which may be decades long, he will eat beetles and moths that devour corn, spinach, fruits, tomatoes, vineyards, and more. If you eat things like bananas, nuts, vegetables, chocolate, spices, or use timber, cosmetics, soap, or enjoy margaritas or beer, thank the bats! In addition to Zubat, we cared for about 65 other Big brown bats in 2016, and more are arriving as I write this.  Watch a video of the young bats learning to fly and hunt at the Wild Things Sanctuary flight school.

A Silver-haired bat from NYCThis lovely Silver-haired bat was found in midtown Manhattan, New York City, clinging to the side of a building in the middle of winter. She came up to Wild Things Sanctuary to spend the winter. These secretive bats are migratory, and live in forests. She was released outside of the city in suitable forest habitat.

a Northern long-eared bat at WTSWild Things Sanctuary was happy to welcome another Northern long-eared bat this year. These little bats have become so rare in the Northeast, that New York State reported less than five last year, and two of them were from Wild Things.

This year we were extra happy to get in this little female after negative bat news hit the local press. A rabid bat was found on a sidewalk this summer and the local health department advised residents to trap any bats found near homes, freeze them, and once dead, deliver them to be tested for rabies. They ignored the facts that the rabid bat found was clearly ill; that less than one percent of wild bats are sick with rabies (and bats don’t carry the disease, they get sick and die once infected); that baby bats were just learning how to fly, often ending up in homes or crash landing despite being healthy; and that freezing is horribly inhumane.

With outreach, many people called us instead. And one rescued patient was this Northern long-eared bat. These bats are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act because populations have plummeted due to white-nose syndrome. As a healthy adult female she will now have a second chance to have babies and keep this species alive. 
 

 
Mission Statement
 
Wild Things Sanctuary Wild Things Sanctuary (WTS) is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rescuing and rehabilitating debilitated and orphaned/displaced animals until they are ready for release back into the wild. Eventually, WTS is also hoping to provide a sanctuary for non-releasable native animals.

WTS is also committed to improving the well-being of wildlife through public education; focusing on how humans can safely and peacefully coexist with native wildlife, and on wildlife’s importance to man and the environment.

Since 2012, WTS has specialized in caring for native bats, a group of animals that is incredibly beneficial to humans, and in desperate need of advocates and care as numbers continue to decline due to white-nose syndrome and human ignorance.
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Goosey the Canada Goose at Wild Things Sanctuary
 

Not Just Bats

Wild Things Sanctuary started specializing in bats a handful of years ago, but we still try to help out other animals whenever possible. Goosey the Canada Goose was confiscated from a hoarder where she had lived in a cramped cage for eight years. She arrived very overweight, hardly able to walk, and had eye issues. After a couple of months, I’m happy to report that she is much better. She loved her kiddie pool where she enjoyed splashing in the water, which helped her physical therapy. She has since been transferred to a facility near a large outdoor body of water, where she will get prepared for a "soft release" back into the wild. We also helped out a handful of young Striped Skunks who needed a safe place to finish growing before being released.
Striped Skunk at Wild Things Sanctuary
 
Play Gym for recovering bats
 
New Outdoor "Play Gym"
 
Being outside really helps patient recovery. Once the bat patients can fly, they go into the flight cage, but if they aren’t quite ready to fly (and have been through quarantine) they now have a great outdoor cage where they can exercise, socialize, and get better faster. Click here to watch a video and get a full tour of the new area.
 

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Raise Money While You Shop

When you shop online, shop through Amazon Smile or iGive. Sign up to support Wild Things Sanctuary, and a portion of your purchase is donated directly to Wild Things.
 
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New Websites

Check out the redesigned Wild Things Sanctuary website! It is fully responsive, which means you can view it on all devices easily, and it’s more clearly organized so that you can find what you are looking for. 

And if you need help with bats, now there’s a website for that too: Bats911. It’s designed to be a one-stop shop for all bat related topics; like what to do if you find a bat in trouble, how to set up a bat house, and fun bat facts.

 
Help, I found an animal in trouble! Eastern Cottontail at Wild Things Sanctuary
 

Help! I found an animal in trouble!

Our new webpage What to do When You Find an Injured Animal, makes it easier to find help if you come across a wild animal in trouble.
 
The Wild Times 2016

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Want to hear more about what's been going on at Wild Things Sanctuary? Read our print newsletter, The Wild Times.
 
Margartia the Big brown bat about to eat a nice dinner
 
How do Donations Help Wild Things Sanctuary?
 
All donations made to Wild Things Sanctuary go directly to animal care and public education on wildlife; including animal food, medication, caging and enrichment, animal transport, and the development of wildlife education programs and material, including online resources.

Wild Things Sanctuary also believes in “sharing the love,” and every year, if we have the funds, we help support other rehabililtators and their work with wildlife patients. 


(Picture above: a Big brown bat about to have dinner)
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Special Thanks

Special thanks to our 2016 volunteers and fundraisers: Jodi McCarthy, Lyssa Buda, Anne Rochester, Matthew Hobart, Amy Layton, Pat Leonard, Lowell Garner, Tabatha Broderick, Marc Devokaitis, Kate Frazer, and Greenstar. And our vet: Dr. Brian Collins, DVM.

And to Linda Bowen at Bats 101, the Wild Bird Fund, Save Lucy Campaign, Pennsylvania Bat Rescue, Austin Bat Refuge, and Vermont Bat Center.
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