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Bats: A World of Science and Mystery

by M. Brock Fenton, Nancy B. Simmons

Bats: A World of Science and Mystery
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There are more than 1,300 species of bats - or almost a quarter of the world's mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry "creatures of the night," consider the bat's fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects in a night. Bats also pollinate and disperse the seeds for many of the plants we love, from bananas to mangoes and figs. This title presents these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. Portrays bats in flight, feeding, and mating in views that show them in exceptional detail. The book also takes the reader into the roosts of bats, from caves and mines to the tents some bats build out of leaves.

A comprehensive guide to what scientists know about the world of bats, the book begins with a look at bats' origins and evolution. Then goes on to address a host of questions related to flight, diet, habitat, reproduction, and social structure: Why do some bats live alone and others in large colonies? When do bats reproduce and care for their young? How has the ability to fly - unique among mammals - influenced bats' mating behaviour? A chapter on biosonar, or echolocation, takes readers through the system of high-pitched calls bats emit to navigate and catch prey. More than half of the world's bat species are either in decline or already considered endangered, and the book concludes with suggestions for what we can do to protect these species for future generations to benefit from and enjoy.

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