Published: June 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Located in Panama, this institute has been conducting research on the tropics (and bats) for more than 80 years.

Bat Conservation International
Learn about bats, and ongoing conservation efforts to protect bat habitat.

Organization for Bat Conservation
This organization works in many countries throughout the world to save bats.


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Dechmann, Dina K. N., and others. "Mating System of a Neotropical Roost-making Bat: The White-throated, Round-eared Bat, Lophostoma silvicolum (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (July 2005), 316-25.

Kalko, Elisabeth K. V., and others. "Roost Structure, Modification, and Availability in the White-throated Round-eared Bat, Lophostoma silvicolum (Phyllostomidae) Living in Active Termite Nests." Biotropica (2006), 398-404.

Kunz, Thomas H., and M. Brock Fenton, eds. Bat Ecology. The University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Kunz, Thomas H., and Paul A. Racey, eds. Bat Biology and Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Neuweiler, Gerhard. The Biology of Bats. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Schnitzler, Hans-Ulrich, and Elisabeth K. V. Kalko. "Echolocation by Insect-Eating Bats." BioScience (July 2001), 557-69.

Wilson, Don E. Bats in Question. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

Ziegler, Christian, and Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr. A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island. Oxford University Press, 2002.

NGS Resources

Tuttle, Merlin D. "Bat Man." National Geographic Explorer! (October 2006), 6-11.

Musgrave, Ruth. "Change Your Bat-itude. National Geographic Kids (October 2006), 32-4.

Gordon, David George. "13 Reasons You Should Love Bats." National Geographic Kids (October 2003), 8-11.

McCracken, Gary F. "Bat Patrol." National Geographic (April 2002), 114-23.

Ferguson, Alane, and Gloria Shurzynski. Running Scared: National Parks Mystery #11. National Geographic Books, 2002.

Barr, Brady, and Margaret Zackowitz. "The Icky Adventures of Brady Barr: Going Batty." National Geographic World (October 2001), 12-15.

Setzer, Henry W. National Geographic Book of Mammals. National Geographic Books, 1998.

Tuttle, Merlin D. "Saving North America's Beleaguered Bats." National Geographic (August 1995), 36-57.