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Mirimiri – Fiji’s National Mammal
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.
Loss and degradation of habitat due to human activities and occasional hurricanes has been devastating for this species.
It’s very small population size and restricted range make recovery especially difficult. In addition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in listing the bat as Endangered, said climate change, “including sea-level rise and coastal squeeze,” is likely hit the species very hard.