I was going to put this last, but it's way too cute to wait - this is one of Tolga Bat Hospital's resident Spectacled Flying Foxes, Sushi, with her pup. I write more about Tolga below. :)
I've finally finished up the PMC snakeskin pendants I started making almost a month ago, and Lewis the Megachiroptera is almost complete. I'm considering using him for a finished piece, but also listing him as a custom order pendant. I may do the same with Chauncey and Woodrow. The snakeskin pics will take you to my listings if you're interested, and the other is just to show what the flying fox looks like now that it's been oxidized. I burnished all the raised areas, so it's actually shinier than it looks in this picture.
Eris 2 Pendant
I thought this would be a perfect time to point out some of the great organizations working for the protection and conservation of bats. I've written a little summary for each, but if you love bats like I do, I highly recommend visiting the sites so you can learn more about their work.
Bat Conservation International is working to understand and eliminate White-nose Syndrome, as well as restore bat populations which have been decimated by it. They also work directly with governmental, industrial and private agencies to help ensure safe management and protection of common bat roosting sites such as bridges, mines and caves. They offer education and volunteer opportunities to the general public, as well as scholarships and grants to students, scientists and various grassroots conservation efforts. My Nana's second husband was a BCI member and made me aware of the organization, and because of him and their widespread involvement in bat conservation, this is where 10% of the earnings from my shop goes.
Bat World Sanctuary rescues and gives lifetime sanctuary to non-releasable bats that have been orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade, and retired from zoos and research facilities. They have 20 rescue centers nationwide and provide information on how to provide temporary care until you can locate a local rescue center. They also offer education and rehabilitation training programs to the general public.
Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international organization dedicated to protecting fruit bats and their habitats through research, conservation and education. They offer educational and volunteer opportunities to the public, and run a research and conservation breeding center in Florida which provides training to scientists and students.
Tolga Bat Hospital in Australia rescues, rehabilitates and releases bats, and provides lifetime sanctuary to those that are non-releasable or have been retired from zoos. They work to educate the public and provide information about the risks and problems specific to bats in Australia, including all four species of Australian flying foxes. The hospital also provides volunteer opportunities, works to restore local bat habitats and facilitates research into flying foxes.
Not sure if this is also Sushi, but it's another pic from Tolga.
I hope everyone has a great night!