16 May 2020

In defence of bats: disease ecologist Jonathan Epstein

From Saturday Morning, 10:08 am on 16 May 2020

Widely blamed for being a disease vector in the spread of the novel coronavirus, bats have a bit of a PR problem at the moment.

It's resulted in overzealous individuals burning their colonies, and slaughtering them in large numbers.

Disease ecologist Jonathan Epstein has stepped up to go into bat for his creepy and cute little animal friends.

From pollination to pest control, he says bats do an awful lot of good for us.

Jonathan's work as a disease ecologist for The EcoHealth Alliance involves hunting down viruses among vast colonies of cave-dwelling bats.

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