Chevy Protects Endangered Bat Species
In North America there is a species of bat that is dealing with a deadly fungus called the white-nose syndrome. It appears on various areas of hibernating bats, causing the bats to awaken from hibernation too early and often which generally leads to their death. The death toll has already reached over 5.7 million in the United States and Canada, and there is unfortunately no cure at this time. But after a discovery that a certain adhesive used in the building of 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingrays can act as a stalactite in artificial bat caves, which are one of the only remedies for white-nose syndrome, Chevy protects endangered bat species by doing everything they can with the adhesive.
You might be asking why these bats are so important? Besides being the inspiration for one of the best crimefighters in history, they’re also extremely important for our environment. For starters, a single bat can eat up to 5,000 harmful insects every night. This means far less pesticides used on farms. On top of that bats are also pollinators, which means they help maintain our forests and propagate plantlife. So far, one of the best ways to prevent the white-nose syndrome from spreading is by creating artificial bat caves.
These bat caves include artificial stalactites from which bats can hang in a more spread out area. Chevy has built several artificial bat homes utilizing the dried up gunk left behind when cleansing adhesive applicators used in the production of Corvettes. Furthermore, Chevy creates bat houses using scrap battery covers from Chevy Volt vehicles. Each house can hold up to 150 bats, effectively saving these creatures while also adding to their ongoing goal of eliminating landfills from their facilities by avoiding sending these battery covers to a landfill.
If you’re interested in finding out more information about the endangered bat species, you can visit Save the Bats on Facebook for more information.