A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Bracken Bat Cave and surrounding area, Central Texas, United States

Focal Species

Mexican Long-Nosed Bats

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species


About the Project

Assess and Protect Endangered Mexican Long-Nosed Bats in Northern Mexico
Bat Conservation International (BCI) supports operations at Bracken Bat Cave in Central Texas, home of the world’s largest bat colony, in order to preserve the bats. BCI will also expand its scientific mission by supporting more research at Bracken Bat Cave and expand its educational mission by supporting more public educational events at Bracken Bat Cave.

Protecting these bats is critical for Texas ecosystems and agriculture. Every night the Bracken bat colony consumes 140 tons of insects, saving farmers millions of dollars annually and reducing the amount of pesticides used on crops. BCI partners with many universities and organizations to perform research involving the bats, the cave ecosystem, and the landscape at Bracken Bat Cave. BCI is committed to rehabilitating the land by reviving native plants and removing invasive species. BCI has been promoting public reconnection with nature by hosting more than 5,500 people in the last year. BCI is expanding and refining education and research. 



Bats at Woodland Park Zoo
The zoo is home to a colony of fruit bats known as Indian flying foxes. Look for them in the Adaptations Building or watch them from home on the live streaming Bat Cam.


To learn more:

Read the Indian flying fox (fruit bat) fact sheet