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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 15, NO. 4 Winter 1997

On the Cover


BCI celebrated the official dedication of the National Park of American Samoa this past August (see story, page 11). Our congratulations to all members who helped promote the 1988 bill that established the park.

One of the many species protected on the 8,000-plus acres of tropical park land is the Samoan flying fox (Pteropus samoensis). This largely diurnal bat searches for fruit and flowers during early morning and late afternoon and can frequently be seen soaring on thermals in midday. It is found in Fiji as well, though it is primarily nocturnal there--possibly due to the threat of hawks during the day.

BCI staff and members also worked to gain CITES legislation in 1986, banning the commercial export of Samoan flying foxes from American Samoa to Guam, where they are considered a delicacy. At that time, hunting and loss of habitat were threatening the bats with extinction in Samoa.

Photos by Merlin D. Tuttle (park) and W.E. Rainey (bat)

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
A Mammoth Discovery
Roy Powers: A Legacy of Cave Conservation
How to Build a Cave
A National Park for Bats
Teaching Bats in Tuscaloosa
Discover Bats! A Dynamic New Educator's Kit Takes Flight
In Tribute: Karl F. Koopman 1920-1997
Annual Report Available
Wish List. 1997
Optional Renewal Notices by E-Mail
Plan Ahead for 1998 Members' Nights At Bracken Cave
Happy New Year from the BCI Staff

Unless otherwise noted, all images are copyright ©Merlin D. Tuttle and/or ©Bat Conservation International