Southern Company has partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and others in the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF)’s cause for combating White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that could bring some North American bat species close to extinction.
The WNS fungus targets hibernating bats and is considered to have killed over six million bats in the last decade. In some areas of the country. The fungus has killed almost all the bat population. Southern Company and its subsidiaries has pledged $100,000 to the BFF.
The program is expected to test different treatments for the disease, including a vaccine, anti-fungal disinfectants, a probiotic mixture, and ultraviolet light treatments. Southern Company’s pledge is part of a $3.6 million grant for the program.