A detailed examination of 300 or so of the more than 1,300 species known today. Nocturnal, fast-flying and secretive, they are endlessly fascinating, yet extremely difficult to observe and catalogue. The diversity of bats is both rich and underestimated and the threats they face from humans are very real.
This guide illuminates the world of bats and reveals their true nature as intelligent, social and deeply misunderstood creatures. This extravagantly illustrated handbook features the work of famed nature photographer Merlin D. Tuttle and in-depth profiles of 288 bats, from the Large Flying Fox, which has a wingspan of more than five feet, to the Bumblebee Bat, contender for the world’s smallest mammal.
Bats includes close-up images of these animals’ delicate and intricate forms and faces, each shaped by evolution to meet the demands of an extraordinarily specialized life, and a thorough introduction which explores their natural history and unique adaptations to life on the wing.
Marianne Taylor (California, USA) is a freelance writer, illustrator, photographer and editor. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, and her particular interest in owls was sparked by a period in 2005 working with bird ringers studying Ural, Tengmalm’s and Eagle Owls in the forests of Sweden. She has written on a range of natural history subjects and her er previous books include the RSPB British Birds of Prey. Marianne Taylor is a freelance writer, illustrator, photographer and editor. Her interest in natural history began from an extremely early age, as she became passionately interested in first butterflies and then birds, then wildlife in general. As the daughter of two librarians, one of whom later became a secondhand bookseller, she was as bookish as she was animal-obsessed. She worked for seven years in natural history publishing, first in the natural history department of Bloomsbury Publishing, and later for Birdwatch magazine. She began a new career as a freelance writer in 2007, and since then has written more than a dozen books for adults and children on a range of natural history subjects. Her previous work includes RSPB British Birds of Prey (A&C Black), Dragonflight (Bloomsbury), and The Nature Book (Michael O’Mara).
… Meshing deft scientific text with Tuttles sumptuous images, its a superb introduction to the baroque morphologies and flying prowess of these beguiling beasts.”
Nature vol 567 (2019)