The value, beauty and uncertain future of bats

05/2/2013 | Mother Nature Network

Bats constitute 20% of mammal species, with about 1,200, and 45 of those are found in the U.S. There is astounding physiological variety among the world's bug-eating, fish-eating and fruit-eating bats, the latter of which play an important role in plant reproduction, helping pollinate plants and disperse seeds. However, bats are in trouble -- white-nose syndrome has already killed some 6 million bats across North America, and many more could be at risk.

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