The Call of the Panama Bats

Scientist Elisabeth Kalko uses high-tech equipment to track and study the 120 bat species in the region

In flight, Noctilio leporinus curls its head down to bite into the fish. (Christian Ziegler)

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“So many billions of people in the world are doing the same thing, day in and day out,” she says, perched on the bow of the boat, as we motor back to the field station. “But we three are the only people out here, looking for fishing bats.”


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