Skrinyer, A. J., Faure, P. A., Dannemiller, S. et al. 2017. Care and husbandry of the world’s only flying mammals. Laboratory Animal Science Professional 5(2) (June), 24-27.
Husbandry of these unusual and complicated creatures requires creativity and attention to species-specific needs. Authors from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), SUNY Downstate, and McMaster University formed a collaboration aimed at optimizing the health and enrichment of bats as laboratory animals. This article highlights unique aspects of bat husbandry that achieve optimal conditions for health, flight, reproduction, and social interactions of two small-bodied bat species.