- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The city of San Antonio has joined with The Nature Conservancy and Bat Conservation International to save from subdivision more than 1,500 acres next to the world’s largest bat colony.

The three agencies bought 1,521 acres of land adjoining BCI’s Bracken Bat Cave, home to the world’s largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. The price was $20.5 million for the land, which was previously planned to be subdivided for 3,500 homes.

The land, called Crescent Hills, is situated about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio. The city provided $10 million toward the purchase, but The Nature Conservancy still had to obtain a $5 million loan to close the purchase. Fundraising efforts continue.

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