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Bat News from the Field

  • Conservation Hero at Madagasikara Voakajy

    We are pleased to announce that Daudet Andriafidison, Community and Conservation Programme Manager at Madagasikara Voakajy, has been selected among the 19 Disney Worldwide Conservation Hero. A great thank you to Lubee Bat Conservancy who nominated him!

  • Golden Frog Strategy Launched

    The Minister of the Environment and Forests officially launched the Golden Mantella Frog conservation strategy in a ceremony in Moramanga, on World Wetlands Day. The strategy was prepared by the Malagasy government, Madagasikara Voakajy and Conservation International, and sets out a series of goals and objectives for the next five years. The Golden Mantella frog is Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and its remaining habitats in the Moramanga District are threatened by mining and deforestation.

  • International prize for our bat student

    Radosoa Andrianaivoarivelo, a Madagasikara Voakajy member of staff who is doing his PhD at the University of Antananarivo, was awarded a prize for his report about his internship at Bangor University.
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Bat Publications

  • file iconHabitat use by the endemic Malagasy bat Hipposideros commersoni in a littoral forest

    We investigated habitat use by the endemic Malagasy bat Hipposideros commersoni in evergreen littoral rainforest during the wet season in 2006, in order to better inform conservation guidelines. We used radiotracking to locate roosting and foraging sites.

  • file iconAlimentation et dispersion des graines chez Rousettus madagascariensis

    Andrianaivoarivelo, A.R., E.J. Petit, N. Razafindrakoto and P.A. Racey. 2012

    Revue Ecologique (Terre et Vie) Vol. 67:179-191

  • file iconSmall Fruit Bat Conservation in Eastern Madagascar


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Madagascar Flying Fox (Pteropus rufus)
This is the largest fruit bat on the island of Madagascar. It is threatened by the loss of its roosting and foraging habitats as well as hunting for bushmeat. Our projects on this species aim to both conserve its key habitats and understand more about its ecology.
 

Images


A Madagascar flying fox roosting
Description: The Madagascar flying fox spends the day in tree tops in small forest fragments or in waterside forests. It usually uses the uppermost branches of the trees and colonies can have as many as 8,000 individuals
A Madagascar flying fox roost
Description: These few trees can hold hundreds of Madagascar flying foxes and such roosts are often surrounded by farmland.
Madagascar flying foxes destined for the market
Description: These Madagascar flying foxes were being transported to market in a basket on a bicycle by a hunter in the west.

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