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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 6, NO. 4 Winter 1988

Long-nosed Bats Added to U.S. Endangered List

Two species of long-nosed bats, Sanborn's long-nosed bat(Leptonycteris sanborni) and the Mexican long-nosed bat (L. nivalis) were added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list of endangered and threatened wildlife. The measure became effective on October 31. Both species have suffered severe population loss in the United States and in Mexico where they follow the bloom of certain agaves and giant cacti. Long-nosed bats are considered vital pollinators of these familiar desert plants. Some ecologists are concerned that, without the bats, the future of entire Southwest desert ecosystems may be threatened. The next step toward the protection of these species is to formulate a recovery plan.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
BCI Helps Samoans Gain National Park
Photographing the World's Bats: Adventure, Tribulation and Rewards
Behind the Scenes
Rain Forest Exhibits Offer Visitors a Taste of the Tropics
Kids Go Bats Over Bats
Long-nosed Bats Added to U.S. Endangered List
BCI Offers First Bat Study Workshop
Expedition Opens Door for Bat Studies in China
Bats in Chinese Art
BCI Welcomes New Trustees
BCI Members Make a Big Difference
"Original" Bat Houses Now Made by BCI
Happy Holidays from the BCI Staff

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