Bats live on every continent except Antarctica and play an important role by eating insects, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. While habitat loss threatens bats worldwide, other pressures vary regionally. In North America, a fungal disease called White-nose Syndrome has killed nearly six million bats since 2006. Pesticides have also been linked to weakened immune systems in bats, making them more susceptible to diseases. In Southeast Asia and Oceania, deforestation and bush meat hunting have driven some species close to extinction.
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