Bats are one of the most unique animals in the world. Since they are the only mammals that developed true flight, they are put in their own scientific order: Chiroptera (Greek for hand-wing). Bats are also crucial to many ecosystems around the world. Insect-eating bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects. For example, one little brown bat can eat 1000 insects per hour! Nectar-feeding bats help pollinate plants like bananas and cashews and fruit-eating bats spread seeds. Unfortunately, due to many years of fear and misunderstanding, bat populations are decreasing and some are nearly extinct. This is why the Organization for Bat Conservation has made it our mission to preserve bats and their habitats through education, collaboration, and research.