- Scientific Name
- Fiji, Vanuatu
Pronunciation: chair-ay-fon breg-you-lay
Conservation Status: Endangered (IUCN Red List)
Fun Fact: The Fijian Free-tailed Bat is one of only two insectivorous bat species found on Fiji — and one of only six total bat species found on the islands.
The Fijian Free-tailed Bat is endemic to the islands of Fiji. It has been observed in recent years on only two islands (Vanua Levu and Taveuni) of hundreds of Fijian islands. The only known maternity roost of Fijian Free-tailed Bats is on the island of Vanua Levu. Population counts vary but it is estimated that there are only 2,000 to 7,000 remaining bats. This species is recognized as “Endangered” on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Fijian Free-tailed Bats are insectivorous and have been observed foraging in the forest canopy, in coastal habitats, and along the edge of cloud forests. Many details about their foraging habits and life history remain unknown.
Together with the National Trust of Fiji, Nature Fiji, and the Rainforest Trust, Bat Conservation International is working to protect the only known maternity colony as well as protect nearby foraging habitats.
BCI Conservation Projects including the Fijian Free-tailed Bat: Endangered Species Interventions
Staff Pick: Kevin Pierson, Chief Conservation Officer