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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Benefits of bats

“Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent.” According to Bat World Sanctuary, Inc., Bat World Sanctuary, 299 High Point Rd, Weatherford, TX 76088,, bats “...are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.” Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit, accredited sanctuary providing rescue for bats worldwide.

I usually use my own photographs, and I have spelunked in caves that were bat habitats, but not currently having access to bats, I asked for and received permission to use some of Bat World Sanctuary’s photographs as source images for my artwork celebrating the lives of bats. I created these five fabulous fantasy bats. I provided Amanda Wollar, Founder and President of Bat World Sanctuary, with digital copies of my bat art images. I also gave her a Certificate of Provenance to convey to her ownership and right of use. She has my permission to use these bat art images in any commercial way she wishes, on souvenir cups, t-shirts, for promotions, etc.

My impression of bats is that they resemble flying kittens. This gratis art project was quite gratifying.

Bat Yellow by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2013.

Bat Purple by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2013.

Bat Party by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2013.

Bat In Hand by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2013.

Bat Is Golden by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2013.

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