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Program Overview


Goal

BCI will work collaboratively to ensure the long-term conservation of all bat species and habitats throughout Latin America.

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Objectives

BCI will achieve our goal by focusing on the following objectives:

  • Close collaboration with RELCOM and other partners in the region.


  • Capacity building for local conservationists, students and natural-resource managers.


  • Education for children, teachers, decision-makers and the general public.


  • Identification and protection of Latin America’s critical bat areas.


  • Mitigation of all significant threats to bats and bat habitats in the region.


  • Promotion of research to fill significant gaps in scientific knowledge.


  • Prevention of bat-species extinctions.


Major Threats

  • Deforestation


  • Cave vandalism


  • Roost destruction


  • Irresponsible tourism


  • Indiscriminate use of toxins


  • Mining


  • Wildlife disease


  • Persecution


  • Wind turbines


  • Climate change


Geographic Area

From Tucson to Tierra del Fuego: our programming extends southward from the border areas of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas and encompasses all of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Map of bat-species richness, showing the overlap of species ranges. Map of bat species counts by country, showing the number of species known to be present.
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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2013

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