Meet the Marianus Flying Fox, busy pollinating a Freycinetia Iiana in Guam. Pollinating bats are essential to local ecosystems as well as human economies. Fruit eating bats disperse seeds, and are crucial to rebuilding damaged rain forests. Insect eating bats keep the insect population at bay, naturally and without pesticides.
Bats are amazing and essential citizens of the world, yet remain maligned and misunderstood.
Through the efforts of conservation organizations like Dr. Tuttle's, that perception is slowly changing. He travels the world educating communities and documenting the wide variety of bats with his brilliant photographs.
The reference photo for this painting is from Dr. Merlin Tuttle, and used by permission. 50% of the sale of the painting will be donated to Merlin Tuttle Bat Conservation.
Rhea Groepper Pettit
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