Conservation Evidence strives to be as useful to conservationists as possible. Please take our survey to help the team improve our resource.

Providing evidence to improve practice

Individual study: 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


This study is summarised as evidence for the intervention(s) shown on the right. The icon shows which synopsis it is relevant to.

Breed bats in captivity Bat Conservation

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)