Worst Places for Animal Attacks
Venezuela: Vampire Bats
Since 1932, there have been at least 132 human deaths from vampire
bats, a common carrier of deadly rabies. Found all over South and Central
America, the rabies-carriers are concentrated in Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The bats are silent and often go undetected as they drink blood—their
only means of sustenance—at night from their sleeping victims. In 2008, 38
Warao Indians in remote Venezuelan villages died from rabies brought on by bat
bites, but researchers and tourists have also fallen prey.
Survival Tip: When sleeping, use the mesh mosquito nets
around your bed.
Safe Spotting: Rabid vampire bat populations have grown
commensurately alongside the cattle farms, but they attack humans less in those
areas because of the bounty of cattle. Blue
Parallel will arrange customized and safe vampire bat tours—using nets and
focusing on day observation—in the Urubamba Valley, where rabies is not as
common as it is in the Amazon.