The breeding, care and management of vespertilionid bats in the laboratory

  • Published source details Racey P.A. (1970) The breeding, care and management of vespertilionid bats in the laboratory. Laboratory Animals, 4, 171-183.


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Breed bats in captivity

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Bat Conservation
  1. Breed bats in captivity

    A study in 1969 in a laboratory in the UK (Racey 1970; same experimental set up as Racey & Kleiman 1970) found that six of 33 female common noctule bats Nyctalus noctula captured in the wild successfully conceived, gave birth and reared young in captivity. Fifteen of 33 female bats captured in the wild conceived in captivity. Eleven female bats gave birth to live young, six of which were weaned successfully. Five pups were rejected by their mothers. 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 in 1969 (dates not reported).

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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