The Wrinkle-faced Bat, Centurio senex, is listed as ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This striking-looking bat inhabits moist and dry tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela. It is considered an uncommon species throughout its range, although occasionally it can be locally abundant under certain conditions.
It is thought that the species roosts in the vegetation and not in caves. Males have a fold of skin covered with white fur in the neck that is pulled over the bats´ face when resting.
The Wrinkle-faced Bat tends to be found in relatively undisturbed tropical moist and dry forests, so the primary threats to the survival of this species are habitat destruction and deforestation.
The Wrinkle-faced Bat is known from several protected areas in southern Mexico and other countries, but no formal, focused conservation efforts for this species have been launched. Effective protection of tropical forests is the best insurance to prevent its further decline.