Bats are the world’s only flying mammal, using a highly sophisticated technique called echolocation (bouncing sounds off of objects) to ‘see’ in the dark. Their guano (droppings) are incredibly important for human agriculture – in fact, it is the richest known fertilizer for pollinating crops.
However, over 1,000 species of bats are currently threatened with extinction. Bats have lost their habitat to development projects, tourism, mining, and humans who fear them based on false myths that bats are vampires. In North America, over 5.7 million bats have been killed by White-nose Syndrome since 2006.
Bat Conservation International:
Bat Conservation International’s (BCI) mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their habitats to ensure a healthy planet. Since 1982, our conservation efforts have resulted in the protection of millions of bats. BCI leads conservation efforts in the world’s most vital habitats for bats, ranging from maternity caves to rainforests. We develop and incubate solutions to the most significant threats to bats, and empower people to ensure protections are in place for the world’s most imperiled bat species.