Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans.
Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?
The grey long-eared bat.
Anton Alberdi / Bat conservation trust
A new framework has been developed to identify wildlife populations under threat.
If frogs can glow in the dark and cockroaches can change history, why couldn’t dog-birds exist?
Chris Goldberg / flickr
A collection of The Conversation Global's best articles on animals, from glow-in-the-dark frogs to the wood beetles that do humanity's dirty work.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
Countries like Nigeria affected by Ebola have launched campaigns to curb the consumption of bushmeat like fruit bats.
Consuming bushmeat is thought to have contributed to the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa. Countries in the region are trying to slow down consumption.
Daniel Streicker/Julio Benavides
They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
Ruling the roost: flying-foxes can suddenly arrive in huge numbers when the right trees bloom.
Flying-foxes can cause conflict - just ask the people of Batemans Bay, NSW. But plans to disperse them won't necessarily work without understanding these highly mobile animals' behaviour.
Little brown bat found in western Washington in March 2016. The fungus damaged the bat’s wings, making it unable to fly.
Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
More bad news for America's beleaguered bats as white nose syndrome spreads to the West Coast. A wildlife biologist explains why this change has the bat community so worried.
Texas blind salamander.
A new project hopes to drill through the Earth's crust for the first time. But what beasties lurk deep beneath our feet?
Artists’s impression of a Monkey-faced Bat (Genus Pteralopex)
Ivy Shih/Australian Museum
An expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate rare monkey-faced bats and giant rats will help preserve these remarkable species.
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?
Urban noise pushes birds to sing in high pitch and ship sound deafens whales and dolphins.
John Haslam, Eric Bégin, IK's World Trip, Green Fire Productions, flickker photos, Jay Ebberly / Flickr
Noise pollution, whether on land or under water, can affect animals in interesting – and not always positive – ways.
‘I don’t do public transport.’
Bat populations have been hammered by deforestation. Efforts like tree-planting schemes are a step forward, but they're doomed to fail unless we apply a bit more local knowledge.
Bats get a bad press but the good far outweighs the bad.
Increasing human-wildlife interactions pose threats not only to public health, but also to conservation, and well-being.
Public health is not the only way to manage epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola virus.
Bats have adapted new hunting techniques in their pursuit of moths who in turn have developed defensive strategies.
Bats have developed special attack mechanisms for hunting moths, and moths have responded by developing defence mechanisms to avoid being eaten.
Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business” in Monrovia, Liberia, January 15 2015.
Along with better strategies to respond to outbreaks in human populations, we need a stronger focus on surveillance in animals to identify infectious diseases before they pose a risk to human health.
Tri colored bat with white-nose syndrome.
It’s been roughly eight years since white-nose syndrome (WNS) was first documented decimating bat populations in upstate New York. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which…
In an era flush with vaccines and antibiotics, when the greatest health risks in the developed world ride on the back of fried fish and hamburgers, it is easy to forget that infectious diseases still account…
Bats can harbour viruses such as Ebola and don’t display clinical signs of disease.
Bats are the natural host species for Ebola and a variety of viruses, many of which can be fatal when transmitted to humans. More than 100 viruses have been identified in bats and this number is rising…