The Echo

New Study Concludes 500 Species are on the Brink of Extinction

Published on June 24, 2020
Written by Admin

Close up of the Jamaican Flower Bat

The importance of conserving species, including bats, has never been more clear, with a new study concluding that 500 species are on the brink of extinction at a more rapid rate than ever before. Nearly one in five of the mammals identified are bats. We know from BCI-led research that the findings are especially concerning for bats and likely to be an underestimate of the number of species threatened with extinction.

The conservation of bats will help to create a healthier, safer world for all. Bats play a vital role in restoring our natural ecosystems and supporting human economies around the globe. They pollinate many different species of plants and consume agricultural pests, saving farmers and agriculture in the United States billions of dollars each year.

The conservation of bats and their habitats also prevents pathogens from being spilled over into the human population. Therefore, we all benefit when we conserve wildlife and natural habitats.

Lastly, studying bats holds significant value for scientific discovery. Research into bats and their unique abilities to not get sick from many viruses could help us understand our own immune systems and ways to fight diseases.

The conservation of bats is a win/win for the entire global community. Together, we can end bat extinctions.