The Adventures of Horacio the Bat
Text: M. Isabel Galarza, Bolivian Bat Conservation Programme (2000)

Among the most misunderstood of creatures, bats need all the help they can get, and as such have become a strong focus of conservation projects the world over. The main message to children and members of the public is that bats are not harmful (with the exception of vampire bats, which may carry rabies) - indeed they are fundamental to biodiversity and many of the ecological services we take for granted.

This particular storybook relates the adventures of Horacio, a small insectivorous bat who gets separated from his family and desperately seeks his own kind.

Note: I had originally provided the drawings for this project somewhat off-handedly as a favour to the author of the story, but it was actually Horacio who first made me realise the potential of using cartoons for environmental education. Especially when the heroes are the misunderstood and downtrodden creatures...like bats.