Rodrigues Fruit Bat

 

The endangered Rodrigues fruit bat is found on one very small island in the Indian Ocean, part of the Mauritius Islands off the coast of Madagascar.  After years of human persecution and habitat destruction, the fruit bats on Rodrigues Island almost went extinct.  For over a decade, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has had a program called the Rodrigues Environmental Education Programme (REEP).  This program is partially funded by Organization for Bat Conservation members. 

In 2009, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation held their first bat festival.  The week-long exhibition on bats included Showing of a bat film, conducting a bat count at three locations around the island, holding an art competition amongst the primary schools, and giving interviews in print and radio.  They also produced educational tools like the Rodrigues Fruit Bat Sticker, Rodrigues Fruit Bat brochure, and Rodrigues fruit bat poster.

In 2010, the bat festival was a two-day exhibition (Friday, Saturday, 25 & 26 June) that included a bat count at 3 locations (open to the public), media interviews, and distribution of educational tools to the public, businesses, libraries, and schools.  New this year, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation hosted a photography competition with the theme “Bats in the Wild” with each winner receiving an autographed book by OBC Director, Rob Mies.  

© 2012 Organization for Bat Conservation
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