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Published on Feb 28, 2012
Normally, you might have to walk through a cave to see bats up close, but recently, they came to the U-Haul Towers in Phoenix. Rob Mies, TV personality, conservation biologist, founder and executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, brought some very special nocturnal guests for a unique live-bat encounter. The presentation is part of a celebration of the newest U-Haul SuperGraphic honoring Missouri.
Mies invited the audience to step into the mysterious world of bats and explore the benefits they provide, their habitats and nocturnal strategies. Participants encountered a big brown bat from North America and heard its high-pitched echolocation with a "bat detector," met fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and came face to face with the largest bat in the world, the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia and its nearly six-foot wingspan!
In addition, Steve King, senior illustrator and designer of the U-Haul SuperGraphics, took the audience "behind the scenes" of how SuperGraphics are created, from the initial concept to the final creation you see on the sides of U-Haul trucks.