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Conserving the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet
Bats, Ebola, and Infectious Disease
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 September 22, 2014, more than 5,800 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone had contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), making this the largest outbreak on record since Ebola was first identified in Central Africa in 1976.
Hill’s horseshoe bat was last seen over three decades ago, and no photos from the wild exist. The species is known to occur in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, where it is believed to be declining drastically.
BCI plans to launch surveys of potential cave roosts with colleagues from Rwanda and Kenya to re-discover this species and inform our future conservation efforts.
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.