Bats are the only mammals capable of flying. Their ecological niche is the night sky.
During the monitoring project at the Oikos Institute in the summer of 2011, the Insubria Varese University and the Stilfser Joch National Park found twenty species of bats inside the protected area. The species that were detected come from three different families: horseshoe family, vesper family and bulldog family. The large horseshoe bats belong to the most endangered mammals in Europe. All the species predominantly live in the lower areas of the valley and its neighbouring surroundings. Due to their complex lifestyle with temporal and spatial separate habitats, bats are extremely endangered species. If only one part of their habitat fails, this can lead to grave changes in the consistency of a population within a region and even lead to extinction.
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