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Despite Africa’s amazing diversity of bats, many species are severely threatened by the loss of crucial roosts from deforestation, mining and other forms of disturbance within caves and mines. The loss of important water resources drives bats from many areas.
They are hunted for food in some regions and persecuted from fear and misunderstanding throughout much of Africa. Bats are often eradicated by humans with an exaggerated fear of bat-borne disease. Finally, wind energy development – a “green” energy resource that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in North America and Europe – is expected to expand rapidly in some parts of Africa.
Africa is a critically important region for conserving the world’s bats. The few conservation leaders working to protect African bats often face extraordinary challenges due to isolation and limitations in training and resources. To help overcome these challenges, Bat Conservation International is launching a major collaborative initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.
Please stay tuned for more information as our initiative develops!