The Secret Lives of Bats

The Secret Lives of Bats

My Adventures With the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals

Book - 2015
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A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

From menacing moonshiners and armed bandits to charging elephants and man-eating tigers, Merlin Tuttle has stopped at nothing to find and protect bats on every continent they inhabit. Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle saw how effective photography could be in persuading people not to fear bats, and he has spent his career traveling the world to document them.

Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Tuttle shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories. Bats also provide enormous benefits by eating crop pests, pollinating plants, and carrying seeds needed for reforestation. They save farmers billions of dollars annually and are essential to a healthy planet.

Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research and conservation and forever changes the way we see these poorly understood yet fascinating creatures.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544382275
Branch Call Number: 599.4 TUTTLE
Characteristics: xvi, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeAnna Jul 17, 2018

Merlin Tuttle is the "crocodile hunter" of bats. He travels all over the world documenting and photographing all types of them. This guide has adventure stories, pictures, information about bats and the ecosystems they enable to exist. He talks about pollination, seed distribution, consuming insect pests, migrations, types of echolocation, habitats and caves. Informs people how varied and wonderful bats really are and conservation efforts to save them.

Dec 18, 2015

Wonderfully well-written book on the only flying mammal, which includes 50 beautiful photos of bats -many which have appeared in National Geographic - taken by the author. Dr. Tuttle describes how he became interested in them as a teenager, which led to an exciting career. Those of us who love field biology can live it vicariously by reading the author's account of his several narrow escapes from disaster. I learned the importance of the conservation efforts being carried out by Bat Conservation International, which he founded.


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