Murciélagos: magníficos, fascinantes, y esenciales

Mariana Muñoz-Romo discusses the fascinating world of bats. She details the critical ecosystem services bats provide as seed disperses, pollinators and controllers of insect populations. And convinces us that instead of being afraid of bats, we should be fascinated by them and protect them.

Ecology and Behavior of bats

Rachel Page talks about the spectacular diversity of bats, their extraordinary immune systems, and what their ability to harbor pathogens often without getting sick themselves means for the spread of zoonotic disease. The upshot? Bats are not to blame for covid-19. Humans are. Which gives us tremendous agency and hope in addressing the problems we’ve created through globalization, urbanization, wildlife trafficking and the destruction of natural habitats.