The bats living in downtown Austin have proven to be invaluable neighbors, providing essential pest control, attracting millions of tourists, all while decorating Austin’s night skies. Bats have an undeniable history of living with humans without causing disease outbreaks.
Celebrate bats with this beautiful design, by Olivia Flick, honoring our favorite neighbors!
The MTBC Butterfly Bat Beauty comes in baseball tee, pullover hoodie, football jersey tee, unisex tee, organic unisex tee, long sleeve tee, unisex tank, and youth tee and baseball tee styles.
Artist, Renee Cornue, created this design with inspiration from a photo of Merlin Tuttle preparing to photograph newly tamed spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum). This gentle and intelligent carnivorous species was one of Merlin’s favorites. These photos celebrate our founder, the Batman himself, Merlin Tuttle, his bat friends and his trusty camera. Merlin continues to share his more than 60-year legacy of experience and knowledge of bat conservation through MTBC resources, lectures, webinars and of course, his world-class photo collection, which continues to grow.
You can wear this t-shirt with pride knowing that you are making an impact on bat conservation worldwide! Thank you for the support.
The MTBC Butterfly Bat Beauty comes in baseball tee, pullover hoodie, crewneck sweatshirt, unisex tee, slim fit tee, long sleeve tee, unisex tank, racerback tank, and youth tee and long sleeve styles.
This is a rarely seen species that is widespread throughout much of Southeast Asia. When disturbed into flying from roosts during the day, they exhibit a butterfly-like flight, hence their alternate name, Butterfly Bat.
This Eco Mask is a reusable, eco-friendly, and sustainable 2-ply mask made of 70% recycled material. It’s designed for a lightweight, breathable, and super-soft comfort fit for all-day wear. Each mask is made using RPET poly from recycled water bottles. The moisture-wicking fabrication is washable and breathable. The mask features a double-layer fabric, goes over your ears for secure fit, and fits over an N95 mask.
This minor epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorous labiatus minor) carrying a fig in Kenya was photographed by Merlin Tuttle in 1984. Small fruit bats are the most efficient dispersers of wild figs worldwide!
The Batty Sweetheart comes in long-sleeve tee, tank, pullover hoodie, unisex tee, sweatshirt and baseball tee, v-neck unisex tee and youth tees, and sweatshirt styles.
A Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta) in flight – on a hoodie! This is a rarely seen species that is widespread throughout much of Southeast Asia. In Thailand these bats roost in the dried tips of dying banana leaves, living in mated pairs, often with a single pup. Their color blends well with the leaves in which they roost, but the purpose for the striking, butterfly-like wing pattern is unknown. When disturbed into flying from roosts during the day, they exhibit a butterfly-like flight, hence their alternate name, Butterfly Bat. Average adult body length is about 4 cm, and weight is approximately 4.5 gms. These bats feed on small, flying insects.
The MTBC Butterfly Bat Beauty comes in baseball tee, pullover hoodie, unisex tee, long sleeve tee, crewneck sweatshirt and youth tee styles.
This lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) is headed off to work…not sure why they’re clocking in, because they work for free! This species pollinates the saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) as shown below, but that’s not all. They also pollinate agave, from which tequila and mezcal is made -cheers to that!
Bats are primary pollinators (and seed dispersers!) of approximately 70 percent of all tropical fruits eaten by humans, ranging from bananas and peaches, cashews and dates.
Bat services not only benefit humans, but help protect other pollinator pals too! Insectivorous bats eat crop pests worldwide, thereby reducing the need for harmful pesticides.
The Power Pollinator Pals comes in pullover hoodie, unisex tee and tank, baseball and triblend tees, women’s racerback and slim-fit tee, football jersey tee and youth tee styles.
Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation (MTBC) stands with The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) in condemning racism and discrimination in all forms, and joins in the effort to diversify bat conservation. All funds from this campaign will be donated to the NASBR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund which will be used support BIPOC involvement in the annual NASBR conferences, starting in 2021.
MTBC has already donated $1500, plus a $1500 match, to NASBR from the sales of this design as of October 2020. All further profits from this design are donated directly to NASBR as well.
The design comes in unisex tee, pullover hoodie, unisex tank, crewneck sweatshirt, baseball tee, women’s slim-fit tee, football jersey tee, youth premium and baseball tee styles.