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An injured black flying fox delicately “tastes” Joel’s thumb at the Australia Bat Clinic in Advancetown, Queensland. Huge bats such as these are smart, social and play extremely critical roles in the environment, both as pollinators of crops and as seed dispersers.

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A vulnerable, federally endangered lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Columbus Zoo.

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A greater spear-nosed bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A greater spear-nosed bat (Phyllostomus hastatus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A greater bulldog bat (Noctilio leporinus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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The feet of a greater bulldog bat (Noctilio leporinus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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Seba short-tailed fruit bat (Carollia perspicillata) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo

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Ruwenzori long-haired fruit bat (Rousettus lanosus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo

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A critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

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A critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

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A critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

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A critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

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A critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus).

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A grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A volunteer at the Australian Bat Clinic checks on a grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers,however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A vulnerable grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A vulnerable grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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