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Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation Field Workshop: Bats of Kasanka National Park 2022

We’re delighted to invite our members to join on Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation workshops.

We’re on a trip of a lifetime!

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21st OCTOBER - 1st NOVEMBER 2022

Accommodations for this first leg will be shared chalets at the luxurious Lake Wasa Lodge. All persons will have their own bed. Photos below!

2nd NOVEMBER - 13th NOVEMBER 2022

Accommodations for the second leg will be shared safari tents at the newly-built, low-impact Kinda Camp research station. All persons will have their own bed. Photos below!


Both trip activities will be the same, only the accommodations are different. We will witness millions of straw colored fruit bats in the largest most spectacular aggregation of flying foxes in the world at Kasanka National Park.

This is the largest mammal migration in the world!

We will help document and highlight this spectacle whilst helping with crucial research on the other 38 bat species known to reside within the park.

Recently the park has been threatened with agricultural encroachment which will damage the sensitive habitats the bats require.

We will help to document their plight and use the funds to help rebuild the dilapidated education and research camp. Even if you cannot join the trip, you can still support rebuilding of the camp.

Working with the parks conservation team we will be carrying out systematic surveys to document, photograph and learn about the many fascinating bat species.

Both locations are home to hippos, elephants, many antelope species, and of course, bats!

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These trips are rare opportunities, locations, and prices; including all in-country costs, minus alcoholic beverages.

Flights are not included. Visa and travel insurance not included.
We must abide by local health and travel regulations, including vaccination requirements. 

If you wish to handle bats, you’ll need proof of a recent rabies vaccination or an acceptable titer, but rabies vaccination is not required for attendance. 

If this is something you’ve dreamed of doing, be sure to respond asap.
Spaces will fill quickly, don’t be left out! Response does not guarantee acceptance. Please don’t send money until we have verified your tentative acceptance and sent required details.

Thank you for your interest and support!

Even if you don’t attend, you can still support our work here by repping one of our Kasanka bats tshirts or donating here!

FIRST TRIP: October 21st – November 1st, we will stay in the comfortable Wasa Lodge chalets in Kasanka National Park on the shores of Lake Wasa. Pictured below.

SECOND TRIP: November 2nd – November 13th, we will be camping in the shared safari tents at Kinda Camp in Kasanka National Park. Pictured below.

The badly deteriorated and collapsing thatched structures are being replaced with modern tents and new thatch, replacing the blue tarps seen below. Funds advanced from our trip participants are making this possible. By the time of our arrival, all facilities will be new.

Michael Lazari Karapetian

Michael Lazari Karapetian has over twenty years of investment management experience. He has a degree in business management, is a certified NBA agent, and gained early experience as a money manager for the Bank of America where he established model portfolios for high-net-worth clients. In 2003 he founded Lazari Capital Management, Inc. and Lazari Asset Management, Inc.  He is President and CIO of both and manages over a half a billion in assets. In his personal time he champions philanthropic causes. He serves on the board of Moravian College and has a strong affinity for wildlife, both funding and volunteering on behalf of endangered species.