A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Northern Mexico

Focal Species

Mexican Long-Nosed Bats

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species


About the Project

Assess and Protect Endangered Mexican Long-Nosed Bats in Northern Mexico
Bat Conservation International will cooperate with the National Park Service and Big Bend National Park to identify bat colonies and roosting habitats in northern Mexico, with emphasis upon the Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis).  Investigations will include high-priority roosting and foraging sites for this bat species within Mexican Protected Areas south of the park and mountain ranges such as the Sierra del Pino and Sierra Rica.  This will complement ongoing efforts by the National Park Service, Bat Conservation International, and other partners in the US and Mexico to protect and monitor the focal species.

The National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are engaging in a process to revise and update the federal Recovery Plan for Mexican long-nosed bat, a species on the US and Mexican endangered species lists (and considered Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species).  The purpose of this project is to promote scientific understanding of and protection for endangered Mexican long-nosed bats and their roosting and foraging habitat in Mexico, which is essential to the preservation of the species on the northern end of its migratory range in Big Bend National Park.  Concurrently, the project will gather information on other species shared by Big Bend National Park and the US / Mexico borderlands region.  The project also provides an opportunity for international students and researchers to be engaged and given hands-on field training regarding conservation and management of endangered species and protected areas.  Since the future of Mexican long-nosed bat populations in the US and within Big Bend National Park is dependent upon northern Mexico as part of the species’ migratory corridor, with feeding and roost sites, this work is essential to planning and implementing species recovery and stabilization within the recovery plan process and international conservation collaboration.


Bats at Woodland Park Zoo
The zoo is home to a colony of fruit bats known as Indian flying foxes. Look for them in the Adaptations Building or watch them from home on the live streaming Bat Cam.


To learn more:

Read the Indian flying fox (fruit bat) fact sheet





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