5. Recovery of bats in Québec
CHIROPTERANS BEYOND THE MYTHS
Threatened by white-nose syndrome, the loss of their habitat and the destruction of their roosts, bats need our help. They are key players in all the world's terrestrial ecosystems and help control insect populations, including those considered harmful to farming and the forestry industry.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The Zoo de Granby, with its extensive expertise, is committed to the long-term conservation of bats. We'll continue to acquire knowledge through recurrent monitoring of dormitories and targeted acoustic inventories. We'll also continue our collaborative approach with pest management professionals through consultation and training activities. By 2023, the Green Mountains region (in the Eastern Townships and Montérégie-Est) will be a priority for the Zoo and its collaborators in the context of a major conservation program.
In our winter shelter, dozens of bats have been welcomed each year since 2016. The Zoo de Granby is one of only three such shelters in Québec. Myths and misinformation unfortunately tend to stick to bats. This is why several efforts have been made over the years to inform and assist the public: direct assistance when bats are found injured or in homes, media presence, creation of educational panels and awareness tools for targeted audiences, etc.