I have always shared an interesting relationship with the order Chiroptera; on the one hand, bats freak me out in close proximity, yet on the other hand I can't get enough of them. I get excited about seeing bats in a zoo the way an average visitor would get about polar bears and koalas. They have huge potential in terms of both education and entertainment: for the first, they remain very misunderstood, and their reputation for being disease-ridden bloodsuckers has recently grown worse with the spread of Ebola; for the second, they are small, active, and social (like monkeys with wings, really). It makes me sad to see them stuffed away in dark corners like dirty orphans the zoo was kind enough to house. One of my favorite zoo exhibits of all time is the African fruit bat enclosure at Oregon, which successfully proved that bats can become a marquee animal simply by showcasing them in a way that complements them, rather than throwing them in whatever large terrarium is available. With all of that being said, I felt there should be a thread for direct discussion about these creatures, so that their presence can be felt as more than just passing remarks in unrelated threads. The reason I placed this in the US forums: does anyone know what species the AZA TAG has recommended programs for/what populations exist in North America/have access to the most recent RCP for them? Just generally, if anyone has something to say about bats in North American zoos, please post here.