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After building strong relationships with key local stakeholders, BCI’s partner, the Fundación Chimbilako, is now finalizing community conservation plans for two caves, recently recognized as Colombia’s first “Important Sites for Bat Conservation."
Hundreds of thousands of bats are killed each year by wind turbines. With wind-generated energy expected to expand significantly by 2030, the impact on bat populations could be devastating unless solutions to minimize fatalities are developed and implemented.
The Mirimiri is one of the world’s rarest bats and is known only from the cloud forests on Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Researchers surveyed for 40 nights and only captured one Mirimiri. BCI is developing plans to work with colleagues in Fiji and from Australia to identify its critical roost sites and enhance protection of the habitat upon which it relies.
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is a still-accelerating human tragedy in a region beset with limited capacity to curtail the disease. As of October 8, 2014, more than 8,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United Sates had contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
Every year, between 8 and 10 million straw-colored fruit bats migrate to Kasanka National Park in Zambia. The sky fills with these magnificent animals as they depart their tree roosts for nightly foraging. BCI has partnered with Kasanka Trust Ltd. to protect the “bat forest” from fires and other disturbances frequently caused by poachers.