Coordinator, Native Bat Conservation Program
Toby Thorne caught his first bat at the age of 11 and hasn’t looked back. He spent his teenage years hanging around the woodlands and churchyards of southern England learning about their biology and how to study them. He studied biological sciences at the University of Oxford, including an honours project examining social relationships among bats in a long-term banding study. He moved to Canada in 2013 to undertake a research masters investigating bat migration around the Great Lakes, supervised by Dr. Brock Fenton. Since completing his masters, he has remained in Ontario, working on a variety of bat conservation programs and authoring a field guide to the bats of the province. Since 2016, he has worked on the Native Bat Conservation Program at the Toronto Zoo, leading projects focused on monitoring and learning about Ontario’s bat fauna and improving the public's perception of these remarkable creatures.