The Mexican Long Nosed Bat

Andrew Vigil

About the Bat.

The Mexican Long Nosed Bat has been listed to be an endangered species in 1988 by the United States Fish and Wildlife services. It is really difficult to determine the estimate of their population due to their migration. They live within large groups with a number of 10,000 bats or more.

What the bat looks like.

More on the bat.

Life of the bat.

The bats mate between the months of October and December usually giving birth to a single young, the young began to fly with its mother at about 5 weeks and would both go up north following food patterns from Mexico into the southern parts of the United States.

Why are they endangered and what is being done about it.

The decline in the population is not really understood but it is believed that one of the reason could be by loss of food and loss of roosting sites (their caves). The food can be loss by wild agave harvesting and land use change. The agave is a primary food source and with the removal of it has an affect on the bats population. They have made some laws in Mexico to protect the bats and their roost. People have been planting agave plants along the side of the roads in order to give back to the bats. They have planted about 50,000 agave plants.
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