MIAMI -- South Florida's expanding population is putting a strain on some the area's first residents -- the bonneted bats. Called one of the world's rarest bats, the animal is a federally endangered species that is unique to Florida. At night, it feeds on insects.
Around the corner from the primate troops at Monkey Jungle, past shade houses, container nurseries and a pot farm perfectly suited for funky old Redland, another very Florida thing has been erected on the former country retreat of a Miami pioneer: the world's biggest bat house.
Scientists are suing the Mauritian government for "driving endangered fruit bats towards extinction", after mass culls killed at least half their population. More than 50,000 of the animals are thought to have been killed in three culls since 2015, in an attempt to protect fruit in orchards.