19 Jan '12, 1pm

Mexican's Rolex Award helps him restore rare bats:

Mexican's Rolex Award helps him restore rare bats:

Three years ago, renowned bat biologist and conservationist Rodrigo Medellín was working in the warm, humid interior of a large cave – Cueva de Las Vegas in Puebla, east of Mexico City – when he made a startling discovery. For over 30 years, Medellín had been drawn to the cavern that harboured a wealth of bats – 13 species – to monitor, survey and video its inhabitants. Inside, he studied the cave’s cavities and recesses in amazement: over 5,000 lesser long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris curasoae ), a species endangered in the U.S. and threatened in Mexico, had established a new colony within the cave. Rodrigo Medellín, pictured here waiting for the bats with Richard C. Brusca © Rolex Awards / Thierry Grobet “I’ve been visiting the cave since 1976, and I had seen no previous evidence of a lesser long-nosed colony there before,” marvels Dr Medellín who was chosen as an Associate...

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