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Good News – Flying Fox Protection in Malaysia

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 flying fox species. The Director-General of the department announced that both Pteropus hypomelanus and P. vampyrus will be moved to the ‘Totally Protected’ category under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. This means
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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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Good News – Flying Fox Protection in Malaysia

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

Kate Barlow Award 2018 for graduate research benefitting bat conservation

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

Decline of flying foxes could affect the durian industry

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

Scientists find a new species of horseshoe bat from Southeast Asia by studying an old museum specimen

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

A dark knight with pads – a new Glischropus species from Sumatra

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

Foraging ecology of Lyle’s flying fox revealed by GPS tracking

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

SEABCRU Fellowships for SEABCO2015

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

SEABCRU WORKSHOPS AND FORUM AT SEABCO 2015

The SEABCRU is sponsoring several workshops and a forum for SE Asian Bat Conservation embedded within the SEABCO 2015 Conference. The half-day workshops will present the SEABCRU protocols that we have developed with the help of the broad SEABCRU membership over the past four years. Ac