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Global Plan for Fruit Bats

Published on April 3, 2012
Written by Admin

The IUCN Bat Specialist Group is updating the Old World Fruit Bat Action Plan, a valuable resource that will help bat conservationists, researchers and educators around the world. With support from BCI, this monumental effort was launched in 2011 and should be completed in October 2012.

Old World Fruit Bat Action Plan Update
Progress Summary, February 19, 2012
Prepared by Tammy Mildenstein and C.E. Nuevo

A progress report is available for the revision of the 1992 IUCN Old World Fruit Bat Conservation Action Plan (see document links below). At this point, the project is more than 20% through with revising the species accounts. We have completed literature searches and compiled expert lists and conservation-relevant bibliographies for 66 species (34% of all Pteropodids).  For 51 of these species, we have solicited and received revision suggestions from experts and are currently collating responses for editing into final drafts for review. We have sent 890 revisions out to experts on 51 species and have a rate of return of roughly 13%, most of which are from conference participants with whom we have interacted directly (see document links below).

Our approach to revising this Action Plan is inclusive and comprehensive (see document links below), which has proved at times difficult given how little is published on this taxon. However, we believe that the end result will encourage and coordinate conservation of fruit bats on many fronts. The up-to-date expert lists have 2 to 8 times the number of previously known experts per species and include many unpublished local biologists who are invaluable as long-term resources for place-based conservation. The bibliographies are current and as comprehensive as possible, offering conservation-relevant publications, which are especially important to students and biologists in underdeveloped countries with minimal access to libraries and search engines. Barring unforeseen obstacles, a conservative estimate for completion of the species account revisions would be in October 2012.

If you have knowledge that you would like to share regarding the species listed in the spreadsheet, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Species Account Revision Approach.pdf

AP progress update Jan 2012.pdf

Copy of AP Revision Progress Report - 27 Jan 2012.xls