Over a hundred bat species in two hectares of Ecuador

This video says about itself:

This is a rare glimpse into the family life of the fruit bat. Look carefully, and you will see a mother taking care of her young. This Fruit Bat also known as a Flying Fox native to Okinawa, Japan.

From National Geographic:

Bat Bonanza: 100+ Species Found in 5 Acres of Jungle

Kate Ravilious
for National Geographic News

July 21, 2008

More than a hundred bat species have been found packed into about five acres (two hectares) of Ecuadorian rain forest.

While the species found are not new, the diverse mélange—in Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the eastern part of the country—marks the highest number of bat species ever recorded in one place, researchers report.

Tropical rain forests such as Tiputini offer bats a plentiful menu.

Some of the flying mammals—munch on frogs, insects, fruit, and nectar. Others have a taste for fish. And for vampire bats, only a blood meal will satisfy.

November 2010: A new species of bat has discovered in Ecuador – but after decades spent confirming its unique status, it may already be extinct: here.

Ecuador: Chevron battles government, indigenous people: here.

Pemba flying fox downgraded from ‘Critically endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’: here. Photo here.

Grey-headed flying foxes in Sydney Botanical Gardens: here.

Flying foxes being hunted: here.

From vampire bats to bedbugs, the creatures that feed on the vital body fluid have a long history of arousing fear and curiosity in people: here.

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