In Africa and many other places, bats are viewed with suspicion and superstition when they're not being eaten as a delicacy. This leads to over-hunting and poaching, causing bat populations to decline precipitously. And they may indeed make humans sick. But that doesn't mean we should eliminate them — among many plants, the iconic baobab tree, the Tree of Life, relies on them for pollination — or even fear them. What we can do is try to understand them better, stop eating them, and leave them alone.