April sparked the first term for South African university vacation.  This also coincides with the Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course offered by AfricanBats NPC.  Well for five participants from two countries (Belgium and South Africa) it was not a vacation.  These eager minds where present to familiarize themselves about the unique abilities of bats.   Lecture series, hands on practicals in the museum collections as well as experiencing field work in the evenings.  This provided this small interested group of students a sample of the amazing world of bats.

It is hoped that some of these participants will be tempted to assist in understanding these amazing creatures of the night, by taking on a post graduate research project in the near future.

The course was presented by Ernest Seamark, Teresa Kearney and Mariette Pretorius with the assistance of Emma Swartz (2018/19 intern).

This course could not have been made possible without the support of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Rufford Foundation, IdeaWild and Brevard Zoo.

A few images from the training event:

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