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Photo Story: The many strange faces of bats!

Posted on: 19.01.10 (Last edited) 24 November 2010

Stunning photos of various bats from South East Asia.

Greater short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx)
You can tell this is a fruit bat by its long snout. Learn more about another fruit bat we help to conserve in Pemba Island, Tanzania.

Big-eared horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus macrotis)
Though not listed as threatened on the IUCN Red list, this species is probably suffering form habitat loss across its range.

Rickett’s big-footed bat (Myotis ricketti)
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
This species is strictly dependent on water as fish comprise a large proportion of its diet. This is the most specialized, fish-eating bat within the region.

Intermediate Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros larvatus)
This bat roosts in caves, abandoned mines and rock crevices, sometimes in large numbers.

FFI recently hosted and presented at a workshop in Cambodia to share knowledge and inspire collaboration in bat conservation in South East Asia. Our involvement was one of our many activities under the FFI University Capacity Building Project, run by Neil Furey who kindly provided all the above photos.

As a result of the workshop, FFI is now collaborating with Conservation International on bat studies in north-east Cambodia and plan to do the same in the central Cardamom Mountains.

The event was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund through a grant to the UK Harrison Institute.

Written by
Rebecca Foges

Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground. Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.

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