2011–2012 Year of the Bat

The United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS) have joined together to celebrate the Year of the Bat. WAZA was an official partner of the Year of the Bat.


Bats may be mysterious and misunderstood, but the earth's only flying mammals are essential to our global environment. Discover how bats contribute to our rich biodiversity and well-being, through pollination, seed dispersal, insect control and other eco-services in rainforests, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, deserts and cities.


Please follow the below links to download the Year of the Bat flyer in one of the four languages available (7 MB each):



Year of the Bat Flyer


Please click on the following link to download a short overview of activities (4.4 MB) in WAZA member zoos.


Please click on the below bat information sheets to enlarge:


 Year of the Bat Sheet 1  Year of the Bat Sheet 2
Year of the Bat Sheet 3
 Year of the Bat Sheet 4
  • Year of the Bat Logo