Bats around the world

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Coordinator: Hanah Al-Samaraie
Authors: Amandine Geahel, Julie Henderson, Maren Lange, Caroline Megaloeconomou, Brian Pentz, Nishara Somasudaram, Eleanor Waters
Editors: Hanah Al-Samaraie, Natalie Epler, Daniel Kachelriess, Veronika Lenarz, Brian Pentz, Robert Vagg
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Special thanks to:

Placement of authors: UNV Online Volunteers,

Species distribution maps: IUCN Red List,

Species photos: ARKive,, bat box photo: Organization for Bat Conservation,

Bat sounds: Bat Conservation Trust,

Scientific support and revision: Dr. Luis F. Aguirre, Dr. Jakob Fahr, Chao-Lung Hsu, Dr. Wanda Markotter, Tine Meyer-Cords (EUROBATS Secretariat), Rob Mies, Dr. Vikash Tatayah, Prof. Peter John Taylor.

Rodrigo A. Medellín, Ambassador of the Year of the Bat 2011-2012

Nick Edards and Kath Potgieter, authors and Felix Donkor and Thomas Ulrich, content research.


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