Thank The Bats When You Order Your Next Margarita

Thank The Bats When You Order Your Next Margarita

To celebrate Earth Month this year, we chose to shine a spotlight on some of the unsung heroes of our ecosystems–bats! These fascinating creatures are much more than just an eerie nocturnal mammal. They are incredibly vital to maintaining the balance of nature in more ways than most realize. To kick off a month of support for the bats, here are some fun facts about our new furry, aerial friends.

A Brief Glimpse: Diversity of Bats

Bats, the only mammals capable of true flight, have existed on our planet for over 50 million years, evolving into more than 1,400 diverse species throughout their lifetime. These species can vary greatly in anatomical diversity. For example, the giant golden-crowned flying fox has an impressive six-foot wingspan whereas the kitti’s hog-nosed bat has a mere six-inch wingspan.

Flying fox
Yushi & Keiko Osawa, Bat Conservation International

Masters of Echoes: Sonar Navigation

Echolocation is a remarkable ability that sets bats apart from the majority of other mammals. This unique ability, which whales and dolphins also have, allows bats to navigate and hunt using sound echoes. By emitting high-frequency calls and interpreting the returning echoes, they can effortlessly pinpoint prey and avoid obstacles in the dark. It's a testament to their remarkable adaptation to a nocturnal life.

Ecosystem Engineers: Sustaining Nature's Balance

Beyond their spooky aura, bats are essential in maintaining ecological harmony. Insectivorous bats, which hunt nightly for insects, protect crops worldwide, saving billions of dollars in agricultural losses annually by reducing the need for pesticides. Meanwhile, nectar-slurping bats play a crucial role in pollinating a myriad of plants, including those yielding essential crops like figs (hence, our limited edition Earth Month finish!), dates, mangoes, and agave–the source of tequila!

Agave plant
Horizonline Pictures, Bat Conservation International

Moreover, bats act as nature's gardeners, dispersing seeds that replenish forests and ecosystems which is vital for maintaining biodiversity. Their contribution to seed dispersal facilitates the growth of diverse habitats, ensuring the survival of countless plant and animal species.

Facing the Shadows: Threats to Survival

Despite their invaluable ecological roles, bats face an array of existential threats. Climate change, habitat loss, and the spread of diseases like White-nose Syndrome–a deadly fungal disease–pose significant challenges to their survival. With more than 200 bat species teetering on the brink of extinction, urgent conservation efforts are needed.

For instance, the Mexican long-nosed bat population is endangered due to the loss of crucial migratory corridors of cacti and agave in combination with changing climatic patterns. Similarly, White-nose Syndrome disrupts hibernation patterns and continues to decimate bat populations leaving millions of bats vulnerable to its deadly effects.

Shedding Light: Champions of the Night

It's important to recognize the significance of bats in maintaining ecological balance and biodiversity. By conserving their habitats, combating climate change, and raising awareness about their plight along with their various contributions to our planet, we can ensure the survival of these nocturnal creatures for generations to come. After all, by protecting bats, we protect the intricate ecosystem that sustains us all.

Great Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus lituratus) feeding on fig, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Christian Ziegler/Minden Pictures, Bat Conservation International

This April, we are excited to rally behind Bat Conservation International (BCI) to support their efforts in preserving bat populations worldwide. If you haven’t already, be sure to check-out our limited edition Fig finish. $2 from every Fig razor sold during the month of April will be donated to our friends at BCI. This one is a pretty “fig” deal.



Bat Conservation International. (n.d.). BCI Bat Facts. Austin, Texas; Bat Conservation International. 

Thomas, P. by P. (2014b, October 29). Working the night shift - bats play an important role in pollinating crops. USDA.



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