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For the past year, San Antonio City officials, Bat Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and many other organizations and community leaders have been searching for a solution to avert a 3,500-home development over the Edwards Aquifer and adjacent to BCI’s Bracken Cave Preserve. We are very close to solving this dilemma.
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is a still-accelerating human tragedy in a region beset with limited capacity to curtail the disease. As of October 8, 2014, more than 8,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United Sates had contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
Expanding Protection for the Paraguana Moustached Bat
The Paraguana moustached bat is endemic to the tiny Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela, where it inhabits only four caves. BCI is working with experts in Venezuela to ensure that the caves are secure and to expand the protected zone to include the bats’ foraging areas.
Hill’s horseshoe bat was last seen over three decades ago, and no photos from the wild exist. The species is known to occur in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, where it is believed to be declining drastically.
BCI plans to launch surveys of potential cave roosts with colleagues from Rwanda and Kenya to re-discover this species and inform our future conservation efforts.
The Mirimiri is one of the world’s rarest bats and is known only from the cloud forests on Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Researchers surveyed for 40 nights and only captured one Mirimiri. BCI is developing plans to work with colleagues in Fiji and from Australia to identify its critical roost sites and enhance protection of the habitat upon which it relies.