Though they might not be the most adorable or charismatic of Yellowstone National Park's creatures, bats are residents of the park. And by "adopting" one from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, you can help forward wildlife research in the park.
According to the foundation, Yellowstone is home to ten species of bats that are integral to the park’s ecosystem as both predators and prey. Unfortunately, they are in danger from White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the eastern U.S. and is moving westward.
The foundation is funding a two-year monitoring program for the early detection of White-Nose Syndrome in Yellowstone bats. To help raise awareness about the importance of Yellowstone bats, and to support the wildlife conservation work of the foundation, it is offering a time-limited opportunity to adopt a Yellowstone bat, even if in name only. This is a limited edition, as the foundation has only 100 bats available for adoption.
With each symbolic adoption, you will help the foundation support critical wildlife conservation and research programs. You will be contributing to a bright future for not only bats but also wolves, bears, trumpeter swans, and other native species in Yellowstone.
In return for your $50 adoption fee, you'll receive a 12-inch plush bat (with a 24-inch wingspan!), an educational fact sheet with color photographs and fun facts about bats, and, of course, an “Adoption Certificate” personalized with your honoree’s name.
To land one of the bats, head over to this page.