Rearing and first reproduction of the Savi's pipistrelle Pipistrellus savii at Group of Study and Conservation Chiroptera, Florence

  • Published source details Dondini G. & Vergari S. (1995) Rearing and first reproduction of the Savi's pipistrelle Pipistrellus savii at Group of Study and Conservation Chiroptera, Florence. International Zoo Yearbook, 34, 143-146.


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Breed bats in captivity

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  1. Breed bats in captivity

    A study in 1993–1994 in a flight room in Tuscany, Italy (Dondini & Vergari 1995) found that a Savi’s pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus savii captured in the wild successfully conceived, gave birth, and reared two pups in captivity. The young Savi’s pipistrelle bat was captured in July 1993 and was observed mating in captivity in September 1993. Following hibernation, she gave birth to two pups on 27 July 1994. The pups (one male, one female) increased in body weight (by approximately 3 g), reached adult size within four weeks and were capable of flight by 35–40 days after birth. The Savi’s pipistrelle was housed in a flight room (3 x 3 x 3 m with roosting sites on the walls) with a mixed colony of Savi’s pipistrelles and Kuhl’s pipistrelles Pipistrellus kuhlii. She was fed mealworm Tenebrio molitor and provided with water and multivitamins, plus a milk supplement while nursing. The pups were measured and weighed every four days. The authors report that two female bats in the colony also gave birth to three pups in 1995, which all survived and reached adult size (no further details were provided).

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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