The Bat Rehabilitation Center in Kharkiv is a unique organization in Ukraine which helps peacefully coexist humans and bats in big urban areas.
It was founded in 2013 with the support of Feldman Ecoprak (private zoo).
The Bat Rehabilitation Center team is a group of professional biologists and veterinarians who rescue bats from all over Ukraine 365 days a year. Every year from 1000 to 3000 animals passes through the center and for 8 years of intense work 16 500 bats have been rescued.
Most bats are transferred to the center in winter. Sometimes there are large groups of 100-1000 animals that can not be released immediately into nature due to harsh winter conditions, therefore they continue hibernation at the facilities of Bat Rehabilitation Center. Citizens also bring many injured bats, which are treated by the only veterinarian-chiropterologist in Ukraine, giving a second chance for survival. The Center takes care of orphaned newborn bats as well. They are fed and are taught how to fly. It became possible due to the construction of the unique bat-collider enclosure located at the Bat Rehabilitation Center in Kharkiv. The large circle enclosure with a diameter of 20 m provides essential space for young bats to master their flight and for harmed bats to get rehabilitated after injuries.
Also, Bat Rehabilitation Center provides constant information support regarding bat welfare for citizens and volunteers from all around the world. Every day tens of calls and messages are received at the Bat Rehabilitation call-center. People frequently ask for advice and consultation regarding bats or even bat colonies found in buildings in various settlements in Ukraine, Russia, and all around the world.
Our Bat Center is greatly assisted by volunteers who take part in the feeding of weak bats in wintertime and frequently contribute with buying food for numerous inhabitants of the Bat Rehab Center.
We have inspired many volunteers and biologists with our dedicated work on rescuing bats. So in 2017, following our example, Rehabilitation Centers were established in Belarus and Russia. Under our close supervision, numerous individual volunteers in many cities start to take care of the injured and orphaned bats. For the past years, our activity significantly raises public awareness about the importance of bats for our ecosystems, improved conservation measures for hibernation colonies in big cities, and by regular lectures in schools and public places we increase the educational level of citizens about bat ecology and welfare. All bats of Ukraine are listed in the Red Data Book, thus it is very important to save these vulnerable animals.
Please, support us in the important mission of bat conservation!