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Word of the Week: Chiropterology

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Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary!

The word of the week is chiropterology [kai-raap-tuh-rol-uh-jee] (noun): the branch of zoology dealing with the study of bats.

This word stems from Ancient Greek with “chir” meaning hand and “pter” meaning wing. Chiroptera is also the word used to describe the taxonomic order which bats belong to. A person who studies bats is called a chiropterologist.

According to a 2015 report, High Park’s Chiroptera population includes five species of bats: Big Brown, Eastern Red, Hoary, Silver-haired and Tri-colored bats.

Interested in being a budding chiropterologist? Join us on our summer bat walks through High Park and learn all about these winged mammals. Click here to learn more.

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