How You Can Follow Toyota's Lead & Help Your Friendly Neighborhood Bats

Since launching the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 last year, Toyota has been on fire reducing emissions, cutting down on waste, and preserving biodiversity at local and global levels. Last month, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. was nominated for a Wildlife Habitat Council Award for its bat conservation project.

The powertrain manufacturing plant was chosen for it project building and installing bat houses around the facility. These bat houses, or "bat boxes," act as supplemental habitat in place of hollowed-out trees for the flying mammals to roost in. They play a vital role in the survival of bats in urban or disturbed areas where natural roosts are hard to find.

Here in the Los Angeles area, you can help support bats, too.

Despite the common perception that the urban sprawl of L.A. is devoid of nature, researchers have found at least six species of bat within the city limits, including the Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis), Yuma myotis (Myotis yumanensis), big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), canyon bat (Parastrellus hesperus), hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus), and western mastiff bat (Eumops perotis). Several of these species, including the big brown bat and free-tailed bat, are known to utilize man-made bat boxes when available. As a classic movie once whispered, "if you build it, they will come." Try building your own bat boxes, and support local wildlife!

Visit DCH Toyota of Torrance for more information on ways you can help the environment, including upgrading to more efficient new Toyota cars and hybrids.

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