Bats truly need all the help they can get. They suffer more from bad press than from just about anything else. In general (in the West) people fear bats. This is not withstanding the many interesting folklores about bats, from American Indian stories to Aesop’s fables. In Oriental culture, however, they are viewed as a symbol of happiness. Whatever the reason for this dichotomy, the vicious pursuit of bats in the West has led to a drastic reduction in their population. So critical is the situation that, in order to educate the public to a more benevolent attitude towards bats, Dr. Stebbings of England and Dr. Tuttle of the USA felt it necessary to form an organization called “Bat Conservation International” in 1982.
KeywordsMangrove Swamp Wing Membrane Endangered Animal Oriental Culture Benevolent Attitude
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