Project Peril Bat Recovery Fund
Mexican Long-Nose Bat
Scientific Name: Leptonycteris nivalis
Bats are the only mammal capable of true flight, and many play vital ecological roles like pollinating flowers, dispersing fruit seeds, and fertilizing crops with their dung (guano). Of the about 1,240 species of bats in the world, over 1,000 are currently threatened with extinction, one of which is the Mexican long-nose bat. The Mexican long-nosed bat is the largest nectar-feeding bat in the Western Hemisphere, and is the main pollinator of wild agave – the key ingredient in tequila. It has declined an estimated 50% over the past ten years due to the severity and persistence of threats such as roost disturbance, agave harvesting, and the effects of climate change.
Photos by Ch’ien Lee, Bat Conservation International
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.