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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 9, NO. 4 Winter 1991


ON THE COVER

A lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae) arrives for dinner at the brightly colored fruit of a cardon cactus, the result of an earlier successful visit to the cactus flower. In the Sonoran Desert of northwestern Mexico, the cardon cactus provides nutritious meals for these endangered bats from the time the cactus blooms in spring through the time when fruits ripen in the heat of summer. In return, the bats provide a valuable service, pollinating the cactus' flowers, which enables them to reproduce, and then dispersing the seeds of the fruits so new plants can grow.

--Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
ON THE COVER
BCI Hosts Bat Research Symposium
Following the Nectar Trail
On Fruits, Seeds, and Bats
Into the Rain Forest
THE BAT AMBASSADORS
Director of Education Attends Conference in Costa Rica
Arizona Bat Colony Vandals Apprehended
IN TRIBUTE. Luis Facundo Bacardi: 1944-1991
BCI Receives Awards
WISH LIST
Invest in the future of bats with BCI's Visa® Gold and Classic Visa® cards
In flight meal service

Unless otherwise noted, all images are copyright ©Merlin D. Tuttle and/or ©Bat Conservation International