The interest in bats started way back in 2011 when a group of students Lee Ching-Ching, Lee Shan-Shan, Kelvina, Mohd Haziq and Shareka Vithias Logendran, led by teacher, Madam Sook-Lai Chan formed a team, The Kid Witness News (KWN), King George V Secondary School (SMK King George V). The team was formed to take part in a video clip production competition organised by Panasonic Malaysia under the Kid Witness News programme. In order to produce the video clip, the team explored several caves in th
Despite their contribution to regional biodiversity, their ecological and economic importance, and their imperiled status, public awareness of the conservation and economic value of bats in Southeast Asia is extremely low, and myths and prejudice abound. Consequently one of the objectives of the SEABCRU is to facilitate the development and implementation of outreach programs.
Kris Helgen shared with us a new paper evaluating the taxonomic relationships between flying foxes of the Mortlock Islands, a chain of 100 atoll islands, in Micronesia. The authors, led by Don Buden, resurrect the name Pteropus pelagicus to replace P. phaeocephalus and unite P. pelagi
It’s Halloween time again, and around much of the world people are decorating with images of ghosts, vampires, witches, black cats, and, of course, bats. For the superstitious, there may be nothing scarier than the flying foxes of the Philippines, whose 2-meter wingspans make them the
The wonderful story of Batty and Pitty has now been translated into Malay and Spanish! You can download copies from the Brunei Outreach page here Many thanks/terimah kasih banyak/muchas gracias to Michael and Caroline Schöner for increasing the accessibility of this wonderful story.
For the first time that scientists have demonstrated the pest suppression services of insectivorous bats and birds in Southeast Asia. Miss Bea Maas, a PhD student from University of Goettingen and her colleagues, found that exclusion of bats and birds from cacao trees resulted in a si
The SEABCRU Flying Fox Workshop in Phnom Penh last week (October 17th-19th) was a great success, with 24 participants drawn from NGOs, universities, ministries and research institutes from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. We had an intense three days with activities intended to insure
This month brings the SEABCRU Flying Fox Workshop 2013 to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This follows on from last year’s SEABCRU Flying Fox Workshop in Hat Yai, Thailand, which brought experts and practitioners from across Southeast Asia together to work on protocols and methods for monitorin
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Fund has awarded Bat Conservation International $8,000 in support of Saving Cave Bats in Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam: Investing in the Bat Champions of Tomorrow. This collaborative project will be led by SEABCRU’s Dr. Neil Furey, Faun
Many years ago the Malaysian Bat Conservation Research Unit developed an outreach role-play activity called “Saving Batu Caves” (which you can download from this page). In the activity, participants represented different stakeholders, from conservationists to a limestone e
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