Could we introduce more bats to Africa to help get rid of more mosquitoes?



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    Introducing non-native species into an ecosystem to control another species is almost always a terrible idea.  They unbalance the ecosystem and potentially devastate native species that have evolved without them for millions of years.  For example, in New Zealand stoats were introduced to combat the rabbit population (itself an introduced species that had spiraled out of control), but the stoats found New Zealand’s many defenseless flightless birds easier to hunt than rabbits, and destroyed their populations.

    When you introduce a new species, you have no idea how it’s going to affect the natural world.  It’s best not to play with fire like that and try to control malaria by other means, such as mosquito nets.

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