Your help with any of these special needs will directly improve BCI’s ability to protect bats and bat habitats. To contribute or for more information, contact BCI’s Department of Development at (512) 327-9721 or .
Saving Cave Bats in Ghana
Little is known about Jones’ roundleaf bats, except that they range across just 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of West Africa, and their numbers are shrinking. Specific threats to this insect-eating bat are not clear, but biologist Evans Nkrumah of Ghana notes that cave roosts are routinely disturbed and that bushmeat-hunting is common. He proposes a wide-ranging project in Ghana that combines scientific research, including training for volunteer college students, with myth-countering community education. The goal is to confirm threats, identify major roosts and build local support for bat conservation. Nkrumah is requesting a Global Grassroots Conservation Fund grant of $4,200 for this ambitious effort to save a beleaguered species.
Gating Gear for Bat Caves
Building bat-friendly gates at caves and abandoned mines is a big job that requires a lot of heavy-duty tools that are usually needed in remote locations. But these gates are often essential to protect both bats and people. BCI has been assembling a gating toolkit for use by staff and partners. We have almost all the most critical gear, but now we need the means to securely use, store and transport the bulky toolkit. That requires a 7,500-watt portable generator ($1,059), two steel “job boxes” ($279 each) and a 12-foot, 2-axle utility trailer (about $1,400). The total cost to get our cave-gating gear on the road:?$3,017.
A Rare Education Effort in Bangladesh
Community education is urgently needed in Bangladesh to conserve the country’s 32 species of bats from extreme threats of habitat destruction, harmful pesticides, climate change, illegal hunting and destructive netting at fruit orchards. Myths and misconceptions about bats are tragically common where 56% of the people believe bats are birds and lay eggs and 79% are convinced bats play no role in the environment. No sustainable bat-education programs existed in Bangladesh until Nural Islam tackled the task. To continue his energetic community outreach, he needs a total of $2,150 for printing bat-conservation brochures ($250), posters ($450), species cards ($100), art supplies ($150) and visits to 30 schools around the country ($40/school; total $1,200).