• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Bats

Bats in the Santa Monica Mountains can be found foraging for insects around water sources such as lakes and streams and find refuge in man-made structures such as buildings and bridges. Out of the 25 species of bats in California, 11 species have been detected within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Bats confirmed in the Santa Monica Mountains
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Western Pipstrelle (Pipistellus hesperus)
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis)
Small footed Myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum)
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
California Myotis (Myotis californicus)
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis)
Red Bat (Lasiurus blossevilii)
Hoary Bat (Laisiurus cinerius)
Spotted Bat (Euderma maculatum)

Bats extirpated from the Santa Monica Mountains
California leaf-nosed bat (Macrotus californicus)

Bats likely to be detected in the Santa Monica Mountains*
Townsend's big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)
Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Western yellow bat (Lasiurus xanthinus)
Fringed Myotis (Myotis thysanodes)
Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis)
Long-legged myotis (Myotis volans)
Pocketed free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops femorosaccus)
Big free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops macrotis)
Cave myotis (Myotis velifer)
Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana)
* These bats have not been confirmed in the mountains, but could likely be a rare or vagrant visitor.

For more information on bats:
MEDN Science - Santa Monica Mountains Bat Inventory
Bat Conservation International

Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.