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BATS Magazine

Volume 37, Issue 3, 2018

Off the Bat

A Significant Milestone

By Mike Daulton


In July, Bat Conservation International celebrated a true milestone in bat conservation. A significant land purchase spearheaded by BCI led to the creation of the first-ever bat sanctuary within the island nation of Fiji.

The new sanctuary represents not only an historic moment for conservation in Fiji, but also a vital step toward ensuring the survival of a critically endangered species, the Fijian free-tailed bat.

The sanctuary will protect the land surrounding Nakanacagi Cave, which is home to the only known maternity colony of the Fijian free-tailed bat and the only known roosting site for the bat in Fiji. Based on the best available scientific data, this single roost represents 95 percent of the global population of this critically endangered species.

At BCI, we recognize the importance of working through partnership here in the United States and around the globe. The new sanctuary was made possible by partnerships with the Rainforest Trust, the National Trust of Fiji, Nature Fiji-MareqetiViti and many, many others.

This major conservation win is a reminder of the importance of BCI’s mission and our organization’s approach to conservation. With the help of our partners and supporters, we deliver world-class conservation in the places where bats need it most. When we do, we protect the best of nature.

Mike Daulton
BCI Executive Director

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