Perpetual Planet

Journeying With Bats Across Mexico

National Geographic, Rolex and Nat Geo Correspondent Alexandra Roca, travels across Mexico to explore how one of the country’s most misunderstood wildlife creatures is spearheading sustainability and transforming tequila production. About Perpetual Planet: Rolex and National Geographic have formed an enhanced new partnership to promote exploration and conservation. The organisations with more than 200 years of combined experience supporting expeditions, are again joining forces to support pioneering explorers and nurture their successors in efforts to safeguard the Earth’s oceans, poles and mountains for the benefit of future generations.

See How Bat Moms Find Their Babies in Crowded, Dark Caves

Discover how bat moms can find their babies in crowded, dark caves by using their sense of smell.

Watch Attempt to Save a Tiny Orphaned Fruit Bat

See this sad tale of a rescued, banana-loving baby fruit bat that is just a few weeks old. 

Red Flying Foxes

What do these bats—also known as red flying foxes—do when they've eaten through their eucalyptus blossoms for miles around?

See Rescued Baby Bats Swaddled in Blankets

Denise Wade has rescued thousands of cute baby bats since 2006. She takes in 200 to 400 bats per year, mostly flying foxes, and rehabilitates them in her suburban home in Brisbane, Australia. Many are babies, orphaned after their mothers have died from electrocution on power lines. Others have been injured by fruit tree netting or barbed wire. Wade provides the special care that the bats’ mothers would do – including bathing, feedings, and and keeping them warm and snuggly. It is illegal to keep pet bats in Australia, so the goal is to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild.