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 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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Halloween 2019 Bat Photography
The last Saturday of October was the perfect opportunity to explore Halloween myths. With the support of Gordon and Cindy (Hooper’s Horizons), the challenge was set for an early Halloween experience. About 21 photographers of the Centurion Camera Club participated in the opportunity to capture in the wild, the natural flight behavior of bats. The […]
October 2019 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course
From 21 to 25 October 2019, ten people participated in AfricanBats NPC introductory course. The course covered bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification, and was run by AfricanBats NPC director Ernest Seamark and Dr Teresa Kearney, Small Mammals Curator at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. Ernest and Teresa’s expertise and passion, as well as […]
The 6th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworkers course was held from 24 November to 16 December 2018. Six participants attended: Dr. Isabella Mandl and Mr. Kilian Egger-Peitler (Austria); Ms. Tosca Vanroy (Belgium); Mrs. Ana Gledis Miranda da Conceição and Ms. Cesária Victória Huó (Mozambique); and Mr. Leon Labuschagne (South Africa). At the time of the course, Dr. […]