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VOLUME 18, NO. 1 Spring 2000

On the Cover

Vol 18, No. 1- Spring 2000

The flowers of Africa’s mighty baobab tree offer a welcome treat for this Wahlberg’s epauleted fruit bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi). Like many plants that depend on bats, the baobab has scented, light-colored blossoms that open just after sundown when bats begin feeding. Hanging on the flower, the bat tips the petals to drink nectar, while also collecting pollen on its body. As the bat travels, the pollen is distributed, aiding in the tree’s reproduction. By pollinating this “African tree of life,” bats help provide sustenance and shelter for many other animals, including humans.

Cover Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
A Colorful Future
Bat Conservation Comes of Age in South Africa
Where the Bats Are - Part III Caves, Cliffs, and Rock Crevices
Origami and the Art of Bat Appreciation
Members in Action: John and Jane Newman
Members' Night Sigh-Up Begins May 1
Distinguishing the Real BCI
Photo Op!
Bat Field Guide for Latin America
Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats at these locations
Wish List
Global Grassroots Conservation

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