Fruit bat myths debunked


Creatures of the night, often associated with anything haunted and old, bats are one of nature’s underappreciated animals.

These unsung heroes play a crucial role in the survival of a healthy ecosystem through seed dispersal, pollination, biological pest control, medicine, and many more.

They comprise one-fourth of all known mammal species, and almost half are considered threatened or near-threatened.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said bat population is declining due to a variety of reasons, one of which is man’s hostility towards bats.

Watch the video to see misconceptions surrounding the “farmer of the tropics” debunked.


This project is produced by VERA Files with the support of the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, which aims to empower journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively .

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