Volume 34
Issue 4
Credit: Mel Flores

We at BCI are excited to announce the addition of three new members to our Adopt-a-Bat family: the spotted bat, Bechstein’s bat and the Mexican freetailed bat. As part of BCI’s symbolic Adopt-a-Bat program, each donor who makes a contribution of $25 or more receives a stuffed, plush bat toy of the species of his or her choosing, along with a BCI adoption certificate and a complete profile of the selected species.

With its large pinkish ears and snow-white spots, the spotted bat (Euderma maculatum) stands out in real life and as a plush bat. This is one of the few bats whose echolocation sound is low enough to be heard by humans.

The silky brown fur and endearing little face of Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii) makes it another must for any collection. The Bechstein’s bat is one of Britain’s rarest bats, though the fossil record suggests it was once the most common bat species in that country.

And of course, everyone at BCI has a soft spot for the Mexican freetailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). After all, they make their summer home at our very own Bracken Cave, known as the largest colony of bats in the world.