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Individual study: Maintenance and breeding in captivity of some vespertilionid bats, with special reference to the noctule

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Racey P.A. & Kleiman D.G. (1970) Maintenance and breeding in captivity of some vespertilionid bats, with special reference to the noctule. International Zoo Yearbook, 10, 65-70


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Breed bats in captivity Bat Conservation

A study in 1966–1968 in a laboratory in the UK (Racey & Kleiman 1970; same experimental set up as Racey 1970) found that seven of 24 female common noctule bats Nyctalus noctula captured in the wild successfully conceived, gave birth and reared young in captivity, and two of five female bats born in captivity also gave birth. Thirteen of 24 female bats captured in the wild conceived in captivity. Nine female bats gave birth to live young, seven of which were weaned successfully. Two of five one-year old female bats born in captivity in 1967 successfully gave birth to live young. Wild male and female bats were captured from hibernacula or summer roosts (number of bats and dates not reported). Bats were housed in groups within metal cages lined with grooved plywood and fed with mealworms and vitamin powder. Observations were made during 1967 and 1968 (dates not reported).

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)