Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Bats have given Merlin Tuttle a great life, taking him all over the world, in pursuit of studying and advocating for the endlessly fascinating — and extremely adorable — creatures.

And in return, he’s done a lot for these under-appreciated and at-risk critters — an alarming number of which are considered to be critically endangered, endangered and threatened — first as founder of Bat Conservation International and more recently as founder of Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation.

For five decades, Tuttle has been examining, photographing and going around telling everyone why we should care about and protect bats. For example, do you like fruit and flowers? Thank bats for being such great pollinators. Hate insects? Thank you bats, again, for eating them by the ton!

“These are incredible animals,” Tuttle tells The Huffington Post. “I keep making new discoveries.”

Tuttle’s just-released memoir, The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals, gets into both the bats and the man who has spent his life learning everything he can about them.

It’s a terrific read that will give you a much deeper appreciation of the 1,300-odd types of bats we now know exist, and all the work — and joy — that goes into understanding and protecting them.

“Bats can form longterm friendships. They share information. They adopt orphans. They help others in need. They do all kinds of neat things that people wouldn’t even dream of finding in a little animal like a bat,” Tuttle said. “Wherever you look, you can find some kind of bat that’s doing something new and amazing.”

The book conveys much of this amazement. It’s also advancing arguments against scare-mongering, with regard to bats spreading diseases like rabies and Ebola.

They’re necessary, given that an estimated —> Read More