Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis) Greeting Card
“Mexican Long-nosed Bat (Leptonycteris nivalis)" is part of the Threatened Texas series and is an original artwork by me, Juliet Whitsett. To create this image she sampled colors from images of threatened species and created original art inspired by the unique limited palette.
SPECIES INFO PROVIDED BY:
Dr. Kristen Lear, Bat Conservation International
"The Mexican long-nosed bat is the only federally endangered bat in Texas. Pregnant mothers make an arduous 700+ mile migration every spring from central Mexico to Big Bend National Park, where they each give birth to a single pup. They rely on the nectar of agave plants to fuel their migration and successfully raise their pups. Unfortunately, agave habitat is being lost due to unsustainable land use, climate change, and wildfires, putting these bats at risk of extinction. Current conservation work is focusing on restoring agaves across the U.S. Southwest and Mexico to create a “nectar corridor” to protect these endangered bats for generations to come."