Some people are afraid of bats, and associate them with spread of diseases. Some are just annoyed by them around the house. In some parts of the world, they're seen as creepy, and even used as a ghoulish symbol on holidays such as Halloween.
There are of course people like me who are fascinated by them and like to watch them fly around, although where I live in Northeastern United States, I've never seen more than a few at a time.
Texas has a few areas of established bat colonies where tourists can go to see them in their natural habitat. A trip there is on my wish list if I ever get the chance!
A hurricane did tremendous damage to the whole area last year. Many conservation groups, scientists and concerned citizens worked hard for months to salvage as much of the habitat and as many animals as possible. I was told that apparently large conservation organizations from all over the world joined with them. Why would they do that? Devoting so many resources and money seems like a lot unless bats are important for reasons other than tourism.
What's so important about bats that conservationists from all over the world want to save them?