vital to the ecosystem. Fruit bats bring us over 450 commercial products,
including 80 medicines. The seed dispersal and pollination activities of fruit
and nectar eating bats are vital to the survival of rain forests. Seeds dropped
by tropical bats account for up to 95% of forest re-growth on cleared land.
Night blooming plants and trees depend on nectar eating bats for pollination.
An excellent example is the baobab tree of eastern Africa that is so important
to the survival of other kinds of wildlife it is referred to as the "Tree
of Life." Alarmingly, bats are disappearing worldwide. They are now
considered the most endangered land mammal in North America.
I apologize for not having citations for much of this information. I have a special affinity with bats and have been collating these facts for a while. I do know that I consulted bat conservation international http://batcon.org/index.php/all-about-bats/intro-to-bats/subcategory/18.html-- which is a wonderful organization with a comprehensive site for learning more about bats.
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