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A mother Jamaican fruit eating bat carrying her baby while flying. Chiroptera, the order of mammals containing bats, means "hand wing". Photo: Bat Conservation International.

A mother Jamaican fruit eating bat carrying her baby while flying. Chiroptera, the order of mammals containing bats, means "hand wing". Photo: Bat Conservation International.

Lesser Long-nosed Bat visiting Saguaro flower at night. Photo:  Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Lesser Long-nosed Bat visiting Saguaro flower at night. Photo: Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

A pallid bat catching a scorpion for dinner!  Photo: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

A pallid bat catching a scorpion for dinner! Photo: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

Pallas’s long-tongued bat, above, is a valuable pollinator. Hibernating bats are vulnerable to white-nose syndrome, which has killed at least six million of them in North America. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

Pallas’s long-tongued bat, above, is a valuable pollinator. Hibernating bats are vulnerable to white-nose syndrome, which has killed at least six million of them in North America. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

Mexican free-tailed bats roosting. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

Mexican free-tailed bats roosting. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

A colony of wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats leaving a cave in Thailand. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation international

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

A colony of wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats leaving a cave in Thailand. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation international

Photo by @christianziegler. Coiba island, Latin America’s largest uninhabited island (some 500 square kilometers) off the Pacific coast of Panama is a truly unique place with lots of endemic species of animals and plants. Having been a penal colony for almost 100 years until 10 years ago, it is still covered with lush rainforest that has long gone on the mainland, and surrounded by a rich ocean environment - a time capsule with high conservation value. Together with my colleague @timlaman, I…

Photo by @christianziegler. Coiba island, Latin America’s largest uninhabited island (some 500 square kilometers) off the Pacific coast of Panama is a truly unique place with lots of endemic species of animals and plants. Having been a penal colony for almost 100 years until 10 years ago, it is still covered with lush rainforest that has long gone on the mainland, and surrounded by a rich ocean environment - a time capsule with high conservation value. Together with my colleague @timlaman, I…

Many bats may have small eyes, and about 70 percent of the species augment their vision with echolocation which helps them hunt at night – but blind? No way. Merlin Tuttle, founder and president of Bat Conservation International, confirms the truth in no uncertain terms: “There are no blind bats. They see extremely well.” So there.

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Many bats may have small eyes, and about 70 percent of the species augment their vision with echolocation which helps them hunt at night – but blind? No way. Merlin Tuttle, founder and president of Bat Conservation International, confirms the truth in no uncertain terms: “There are no blind bats. They see extremely well.” So there.

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