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A survey of bats in a karst landscape in the central Philippines, Sedlock et al.

In this paper, Jodi Sedlock and her colleagues contribute to our growing understanding of the status of SE Asian cave bats with a survey of bats in caves and forest on the karst-covered island of Bohol in the central Philippines.  Overall, species richness in the surveyed caves was relatively low, and population sizes varied greatly along with the physical characteristics of the caves. The majority of the surveyed caves exhibited signs of past and/or current human disturbance, including activiti
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Outreach

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.

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Lessons from Siquijor Island for the future of Philippine cave bats

In 2010, two undergraduates from Lawrence University and my colleague, Rai Gomez from Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, and I in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) surveyed bat populations in caves on Siquijor Island.  Being a

Click and Count — photographic estimates of bat populations at caves

Of the various methods used to estimate bat colony size, photography is currently one of the least explored. The potential advantages of using photography, however, are numerous, particularly for colonies with high numbers of individuals. This paper describes how the authors used phot

A Research Project on the House Bat Inspired Fun Activities for School Children at Tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia.

It all began with a research project on the ecology of the Asiatic Yellow House Bat roosting in the school attics around Tasik Chini, Pahang. It gave me an idea to share the knowledge and information about bats with the school kids here. There are a lot of misconceptions about bats su

Island bat diets: does it matter more who you are or where you live?

Molecular diet analysis has disclosed how incredibly species-rich insectivorous bat diets can be.  In this study, Jodi Sedlock, Frauke Krüger and Beth Clare found molecular evidence of 655 different arthropod species in the diets of just four bat species from the Philippines. A compar

Guidelines for Minimizing the Negative Impact to Bats and Other Cave Organisms from Guano Harvesting

With the goal of achieving sustainable guano mining techniques, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Bat Group, with assistance from Bat Conservation International and SEABCRU, has developed a set of guano harvesting guidelines designed to minimize harmful impacts on cave bat po

New bats for Cambodia

Cambodia has been described as one of the least explored countries in term of it bat fauna in the Southeast Asia region. However, extensive field expeditions in recent years have revealed a total of 66 species of bats occurred in Cambodia (more than double in terms of the number of sp

Fishermen as Batmen – Bat Ecotourism in the Philippines

The Philippines is home to more than 74 species of bats of which 54% are endemic to the country. Despite the local, national and international efforts directed towards conservation of wildlife, many bat populations particularly roosting populations of flying foxes are in dramatic decl

Phylogeography of the Great Himalayan Leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros armiger

An international team of scientist, including one of the SEABCRU committee members Dr Pipat Soisook, published results of the study of the population history of Hipposideros armiger, a fairly common cave-dwelling Leaf-nosed bat in the Oriental region, in the latest issue of Journal of