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Conserving the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet
Celebrating Women in Bat Conservation
Women have played a large role in bat conservation. To celebrate their contributions and to inspire women everywhere, Bat Conservation International is highlighting “Women In Bat Conservation” from around the world as a part of Women's History Month.
BCI is committed to investing in future bat conservation leaders and achieving significant conservation results through its Granting Programs. Since 2007, BCI has awarded over $400,000 to more than 100 aspiring conservationists for projects in at least 30 countries. If you are interested in applying, please read more about eligibility and deadlines.
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.
After building strong relationships with key local stakeholders, BCI’s partner, the Fundación Chimbilako, is now finalizing community conservation plans for two caves, recently recognized as Colombia’s first “Important Sites for Bat Conservation."
Hundreds of thousands of bats are killed each year by wind turbines. With wind-generated energy expected to expand significantly by 2030, the impact on bat populations could be devastating unless solutions to minimize fatalities are developed and implemented.
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.
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)