Townsend's big-eared bat; hoary bat (Credit: P. Cryan); Mexican free-tailed bats in background


The Colorado Bat Society is a State nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of bats.

Why Conserve Bats?

This is a common question posed by those who are unaware of the plight of bats. Of the 4200 species of mammals in the world, almost 25% (> 900 species) are bats. Because of their great diversity and versatility, bats live in almost all habitats on earth and are important in the balance of ecosystems. For example, most bats in North America are insect eaters (called insectivorous) and are the only serious nighttime foragers on mosquitoes and many species of agricultural pests that cause millions of dollars of damage each year. A single little brown bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour.    More...

Did You Know?

Epauletted flying foxes, from South Africa

Epauletted Flying Foxes

Flying foxes occur only throughout the 'Old World', which includes Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and surrounding islands. Like these Epauletted flying foxes, all flying foxes eat fruit and/or pollen. Their large eyes are very similar to those of primates, helping both groups locate fruits. Most of the flying foxes cannot echolocate!

Have a Question About Bats?

Send your questions to the Colorado Bat Society Batline, where Coloradans of all ages chat online about bats.


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Bats of the Rocky Mountain West