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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 lives in areas densely inhabited by humans, and has been labeled as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Very little is known about this species’ foraging ecology and diet though the current study assumed that it is a central-pla
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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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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

First workshop publication — Guano harvesting in Myanmar by Thet Thet and Khin Mya Mya

Last year, IUCN published guidelines for minimising the negative impact of guano harvesting on bats and called for relevant studies. The first of these has now been published by Thet Thet and Khin Mya Mya of Mandalay University, Myanmar in the open-access Journal of Threatened Taxa. I

Research Assistant position – urban ecology and ecosystem services of bats in Singapore

The National University of Singapore has a vacancy for a Research Assistant within the Department of Biological Sciences JOB DESCRIPTION Looking for a full-time research assistant (RA) for a project investigating the urban ecology of bats in Singapore and the ecosystem services they p

Do you fancy a painted woolly bat on your wall? What about a false vampire?

A frequent traveller browsing the tourist shops and markets of Southeast Asia and East Asia will invariably be introduced to many bats, although very dead and mounted. How are such bats collected in the wild and in what numbers? What is the volume of internet trade involving such souv

Would you rather be bitten by Hipposideros diadema or Kerivoula intermedia?

This was the title Julie and I did not use in the outreach promoting her paper looking at bite force in 35 species of Malaysian bats (we talked about dogs instead). If you said Hipposideros diadema,  you really need to read the paper, and if you said the Kerivoula you probably intuiti

Bat research at the 2015 meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Phnom Penh

The annual meeting of the SE Asian chapter of the ATBC was held in Phnom Penh from 30 March – 2 April and attracted over 300 researchers and conservationists from throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including 100 delegates from Cambodia. Plenary speakers at the event included the reno

Eonycteris spelaea — an essential link in durian pollination networks.

Further documentation of just how wonderful Eonycteris spelaea is with a new paper out this month in the Journal of Pollination Ecology.  Pushpa Raj Acharya is the lead author, and here is a wonderful write-up on the history of Eonycteris spelaea studies and the significance of the st