Bat Cave Of Largest Bat Colony Saved

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Press Release Bat Conservation International

Conservation Deal Saves the World’s Largest Bat Colony on Halloween

City of San Antonio, The Nature Conservancy & Bat Conservation International purchase $20.5 million property in the Texas Hill Country to safeguard bats, water supply and endangered songbirds

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 31, 2014) – Today the City of San Antonio, The Nature Conservancy and Bat Conservation International (BCI) have secured 1,521 acres adjacent to BCI’s Bracken Bat Cave, home to the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world. The property, known as Crescent Hills, was purchased for $20.5 million and was previously slated to become a 3,500-home subdivision.

“With passion and commitment, hundreds of citizens, community leaders and organizations came to together to protect a globally important piece of the Texas Hill Country,” said Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio District 8 City Councilman who led the City effort. “This is a huge win for…

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