Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1998

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Jerry R. Choate


This study, written in the form of a conservation manual for the general public, summarizes what is known about the identification, distribution, natural history, and conservation status of bats in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. This manual will be useful in environmental education in Yucatan and elsewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. Accounts of species are given for each of the 35 species of bats documented in Yucatan. Bat conservation is discussed with brief comments on their ecology, conservation of forests, and protection of caves. The abundant caves of Yucatan are important bat roosts and steps should be taken to protect them as cavernous cenotes are developed as tourist attractions. In addition, further research is needed to gather information on the biology of bats in Yucatan.


Copyright 1998 Guillermo E. Castillo-Vela


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