As the only mammal that can fly, there’s no doubt that bats are exceptional creatures. Common misconceptions and fears about bats have led many people to regard these nocturnal flyers as nothing more than frightening disease carriers, but bats are crucial for a healthy environment. Bats disperse seeds, eat loads of harmful insects and help pollinate plants.
There are more than 1,300 bat species distributed across six continents; 17 breeding bat species in the UK, about 50 bat species live in national parks across the United States, and Indonesia hosts 219 bat species — more than any other country. Bats make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth.
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