batlab6Miami, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2019)  The FPL Bat Lab at Zoo Miami officially opened today focused on providing solutions to protect the federally

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Protecting Americas Rarest Bat with Opening of the FPL Bat Lab at Zoo Miami

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Entrance to the FPL Bat Lab at Zoo Miami, the
only bat lab in the Miami-Dale area.
Bat Conservation International /
Melquisedec Gamba-Rios

MIAMI, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2019) The FPL Bat Lab at Zoo Miami officially opened today focused on providing solutions to protect the federally endangered Florida bonneted bat. The labs focus is on understanding the species needs in urban environments and providing on-the-ground conservation projects to ensure long-term sustainable population growth for this rare bat species.

Bat Conservation International (BCI), Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Zoo Miami are partners supporting the labs research and community outreach initiative.

The Florida bonneted bat is a federally endangered species found nowhere in the world but Southern Florida. Named for the way its ears form a fetching cowl over its inquisitive, long-snouted face, the Florida bonneted bat is Floridas largestbut also its rarest.

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Florida bonneted bat. Bat Conservation
International / Micaela Jemison

The FPL Bat Lab at Zoo Miami is the first-of-its-kind in the area and will actively protect the Florida bonneted bat. The labs conservation efforts will include monitoring the health of the bats, community outreach and awareness, discovering what insects are important prey, and using data to better understand the bats range in the urban landscape.

The lab will also construct, install, and monitor specially designed bat houses throughout Miami-Dade County as part of a longer-term goal of creating safe homes for the Florida bonneted bats.

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Scientists and researchers at the FPL Bat Lab at
Zoo Miami. Bat Conservation International /
Melquisedec Gamba-Rios

The goal of the bat lab is to improve understanding of the Florida bonneted bat in order to best protect it for future generations, said Melquisedec Gamba-Rios, Research Fellow at BCI. This initiative would not be possible without the support of dedicated partners such as Zoo Miami and FPL. Were grateful for their continued support as we launch the lab and look forward to a successful partnership that engages the community and helps bats thrive.

The announcement coincides with Bat Week, an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. For more information, visit MiamiBatLab.org.

About Bat Conservation International
The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the worlds bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. For more information, visit batcon.org

Media Contact:
Javier Folgar
Bat Conservation International
Tel: 512.327.9721 ext. 410
Email: jfolgar@batcon.org

About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPLs typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPLs service reliability is better than 99.98%, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2018 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fifth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortunes 2019 list of Worlds Most Admired Companies. NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the worlds largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

Media Contact:
Media line
Florida Power & Light Company
Tel: 561-694-4442

 

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About Zoo Miami
Zoo Miamis mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.

Media Contact:
Ron Magill
Zoo Goodwill Ambassador/Communications Director
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916
Email: Ron.Magill@miamidade.gov

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