Mark your calendars! The 4th International Southeast Asian Bat Conference (SEABCO 2018) will be held in Bacolod City, Philippines August 6th-9th. The Local Organizers are the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, headed up by Lisa Marie J. Paguntalan and Philip Godfrey Jakosalem. Godo and Lisa will be sharing more of the details and getting the conference website up soon.
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.
Two recent funding opportunities are available for work that focuses on species recovery or conservation. They both emphasize explicit conservation action of threatened species, so proposals need to be very focused on this to be competitive. 1. National Geographic “Recove
Good news for flying fox conservation! In conjunction with recent media coverage highlighting the importance of flying foxes for durian, Peninsular Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks have announced that they are taking concrete steps to protect the country’s two flyi
Applications to the 2018 Kate Barlow award are now open the closing date is 5pm, 4th December 2017. The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage the next generation of bat researchers by providing a substantive contribution towards the research costs of postgraduate students undertaking re
An international team of researchers working in Peninsular Malaysia have found that the giant fruit bats known as flying foxes (Pteropus hypomelanus) are actually important pollinators for the durian (Durio zibethinus) tree, which produces a unique fruit that is highly popular through
A team of international network of researchers describes a new species of woolly horseshoe bat from Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand). The new species is described from specimens in museums world-wide including a 32 years old spirit specimen. The study (led by SEABCRU
They have typical Pipistrellus appearance but are characterized by the thickened pads at the base of thumbs. They roost in bamboo stalks but are not the flat-headed Tylonycteris of Southeast Asia nor the funnel-eared Kerivoula of Taiwan. The genus Glischropus is a group of small vespe
Flying foxes are of ecological importance to Old World plants that depend on them for pollination and seed dispersal; however they are globally threatened by habitat loss and hunting. Lyle’s flying fox is of particular interest because it is a host for the Nipah virus, it frequently l
The SEABCRU is providing 20 awards to facilitate students (15) and NGO staff (5) to attend SEABCO2015. Support is in the form of a) conference registration together with b) $100 to be used towards travel or accommodation, to be issued in Kuching. Preference will be given to ASEAN nati