Volume 37
Issue 1
Over 40 delegates from across Africa and the United States came together
for a forum on African bat conservation.
Courtesy of Bats Without Borders

Cape Town, South Africa, hosted the first Southern African Bat Conference this past October. Organized by Bats without Borders, the intensive two-day conference was a forum for discussion on a wide range of conservation issues and emerging research, including special sessions on the issues of bats and wind energy.

We are delighted with the success of the first Southern African Bat Research Conference that was held at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town, said Rachael Cooper-Bohannon, Founder of Bats without Borders. The conference brought together researchers, students, bat conservation NGOs, bat groups, government, ecological consultants and industry from seven countries to share knowledge, discuss research, and provide a great networking opportunity.

This was a great opportunity for bat experts to convene from across southern Africa to discuss critical issues, and share current research results and conservation strategies, explained Mylea Bayless, BCIs Senior Director of Network and Partnerships, who attended the conference to meet with and recognize partners. Southern Africa is such an important region for bat conservation. I was inspired by the passion and expertise of those I met at this conference. It gives me a lot of confidence that we can accomplish meaningful conservation through these partnerships.