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Asian wrinkle-lipped bats (Chaerephon plicata) emerging from Khao Chong Phran Cave at Wat Khao Chang in Thailand in 2012, following years of successful protection. The bats now attract large numbers of tourists, and a recent study documented their control of plant hopper pests in local rice paddies is worth some $300,000 U.S. annually. The entire community now loves and protects bats. Conservation
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