Elizabeth’s interactions with animals started early. When she was three years old, her mother became a “batmom” volunteer with Zoo Atlanta. Elizabeth dutifully watched her mom feed the baby bats every couple of hours until they were old enough to be given back to the zoo for educational programs. After raising baby bats for four years, Elizabeth’s mom went back to work full-time and stopped caring for bats. Despite this, Elizabeth’s love of animals continued – she could always be found petting the horses on her family’s farm, taking care of her domestic pets or making “nests” out of yarn and fur for the birds.
When she was 15, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to rehabilitate bats. In 1998, she got her Georgia wildlife rehabilitation license in small mammals. Shortly thereafter, she got her pre-exposure rabies shots and became rabies-vector species (RVS) certified so she can work with bats, bobcats, foxes, raccoons and skunks. Because of her history with bats and the need for bat rehabilitators, Elizabeth decided to specialize in bats. Mentoring under world-renowned bat expert Sue Barnard, Elizabeth worked on big brown bat milk digestion trials and researched vitamin D deficiency in big brown bats. She joined the board of directors of Basically Bats, INC in 2003. Elizabeth and her work with bats was featured in an article in her college’s magazine and on a local TV news station, Fox 5 Atlanta.
Due to a mealworm allergy Elizabeth developed throughout the years of handling bats and their food, she is taking a couple of years off from rehabbing bats. Because she is RVS certified, Elizabeth is concentrating on rehabilitating orphaned and injured raccoons. She also accepts squirrels, bunnies, opossums, or any other small mammal if the need arises.
Feel free to contact Elizabeth with any questions you may have!