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The Bat Man of Mexico | Nature

Rodrigo Medellin holding body of lesser long-nosed bat in one hand and holding its wing out in other hand
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Ecologist Rodrigo Medellin holding a lesser long-nosed bat.

Wed. Jun. 30 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Meet Mexico's very own "Bat Man," an ecologist dedicating his life to saving bats.An ecologist tracks the lesser long-nosed bat’s epic migration across Mexico, braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches, in order to save the species and the tequila plants the bats pollinate.

Since ecologist Rodrigo Medellin first kept bats in his bathroom as a child, he has dedicated his life to saving them. Now, Mexico’s most famous export, tequila, is at stake. Medellin’s beloved lesser long-nosed bat is crucial to the liquor: it pollinates the plants from which the drink is made. Sprinkling harmless UV dust on bats and following their glowing guano across the desert, Medellin devises innovative methods to conserve Mexico’s bat population. The Bat Man of Mexico is narrated by David Attenborough.

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