Bats make up a quarter of the mammalian diversity on the planet. The African continent and Madagascar and its associated islands contain about 321 extant species of bats, which comprises about 25% of the global bat diversity. Bats are an important component in ecosystem xanax health and condition. They occupy a critical niche, the insectivorous species being primary nocturnal predators, while frugivorous species are critical for forest regeneration. Find out more about why bats are important and what we are doing to conserve them here.
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2nd Meletse Research Symposium
Thirty-two people attended the 2nd Annual Meletse Research Meeting, which was held on 17 August 2018. Notably, this included landowners and representatives for Meletse and from the Cradle area. Their interest in, and understanding of, the research being undertaken on their properties, in particular with regards the Natal Long-fingered Bat (Miniopterus natalensis) roosting in the […]
Another successful National Science Week at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History took place during the 30th July to the 1st of August 2018. Each day the venue was filled with eager young minds wanting to learn new things. A total of 995 learners from 18 schools and public from the surrounding Pretoria area […]
Yebo Gogga yebo amaBlomo is an annual educational event hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. It provides the opportunity for inquisitive minds to learn about the wonderful natural world. The event hosts educational stands from a variety of different subjects ranging from microbiology, plants, insects and even live animals. For the first time, AfricanBats participated in this educational week […]