The Bat Man of Mexico

The Bat Man has been saving the amazing bats of his homeland since childhood, when he kept vampires in his bathroom. Now his favorite drink, Tequila, is at stake. The bat that pollinates the plant that this famous liquor comes from is in trouble. Rodrigo braves hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches to track and save the bats during their migration. Narrated by David Attenborough. Directed by Tom Mustill. Produced by Peter Fison, Windfall Films. Winner, Discovery People and Nature Award, 2014 Wildscreen Film Festival.

Introduced by Larry Oв’Reilly, Interim CEO, Wildscreen Film Festival.В Discussion with Dr. Rodrigo A. MedellГ­n, the “Bat Man of Mexico” and President, Society for Conservation Biology, follows screening.

Dr. Rodrigo A. MedellГ­n has dedicated his life to the study and conservation of mammalsВ in Mexico. He is Senior Professor at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, and has directed many theses and dissertations and produced over 170 publications on bats, jaguars, conservation issues, and more. Rodrigo is most comfortable when in the field with his students or cooking for whomever is around. He has projects or students in 16 countries of allВ five continents. His research contributes and orients policy and decision-making processes in conservation. He is President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2013-2015). For ten years he represented North America in CITES and is advisor to the Mexican Federal Government on wildlife issues. Rodrigo is Co-Chair of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group and created the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM). He has been associate editor for Conservation Biology, Journal of Mammalogy, ORYX, and Acta Chiropterologica. He has received several awards such as the National Award for Conservation 2004, Rolex Award for Enterprise 2009, the Whitley Gold Award 2012, and others.

Sunday, March 22, 1:15 p.m.

FREE. Reservations encouraged: go.si.edu/eff2015.

National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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