Common Name
Hill’s Horseshoe Bat

Pronunciation: rye-no-loh-fus hill-i

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List)

Diet: Insectivore

Fun Fact: Prior to BCI’s expedition in 2019, this bat had only been recorded by scientists twice –once in 1964 and again in 1981.

Very little is known about the mysterious Hill’s Horseshoe Bat. It is endemic to Rwanda, and has only been recorded within Nygunwe National Park. While roosting sites have not been identified, it is thought to roost in caves or old mining tunnels in montane tropical forests. Like other species of horseshoe bats, it is insectivorous,but its exact diet and foraging habits are still unknown.

BCI is working with rangers in Nygunwe National Park to conduct bat surveys and identify potential bat roosts within the park.

BCI Conservation Projects including Hill’s Horseshoe Bat: Endangered Species Interventions

Literature Cited
Fahr. J. 2010. Rhinolophus hilli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2010): e.T44781A10937550. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T44781A10937550.en.

Fahr, J., Vierhaus, H., Hutterer, R. and Kock, D. (2002). A revision of the Rhinolophus maclaudi species group with the description of a new species from West Africa (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae). Myotis, 40: 95-126.

Approximate Range