Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let's take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

25 of the cutest bat species

Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let's take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let's take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

25 of the cutest bat species

Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let's take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Chiroptera, Emballonuridae, Diclidurus albus, Northern Ghost Bat

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Take this Gambian epauletted fruit bat, which eats figs and other fruits across southern Africa. Its face looks more like a unicorn without a horn than a rodent without its wings.

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorous labiatus) carrying a fig in Kenya. Small fruit bats are the most efficient dispersers of wild figs worldwide. Seed Dispersal Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

Halloween PSA: More Bat Species Appearing On Endangered List, And Here’s Why It Matters

.A brown long-tongued bat is pollinating a Tricanthera flower in Panama.

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