Why Bats Are Ecological Superheroes

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Bats are ecological superheroes. They feed on agricultural pests and pollinate many popular food crops including bananas, cacao, mangos, peaches and figs
  • Did you know that without bats, we wouldn’t have tequila? Bats pollinate agave, the primary ingredient in tequila, which blooms at night in the Desert Southwest
  • “Bats — Unsung Heroes” highlights several hotspots for bats, including the South Congress bridge in Austin, Texas, and Bracken Cave, near San Antonio, Texas
  • About 20 million bats live in Bracken Cave. Each night they eat 147 tons of insects, most of which are agricultural pests
  • Bats save farmers in the U.S. up to $53 billion per year

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