Endangered Bats Found on New Zealand Island

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Endangered Bats Found on New Zealand Island

Postby Squirrel Girl » Feb 3, 2013 6:41 pm

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/brea ... 6569783812

The long-tailed bat population on the island is estimated to number in the hundreds.

"This find is fantastic news," Forest and Bird spokeswoman Debs Martin says.

"It means that D'Urville Island is even more important to New Zealand's natural heritage than we thought."

Just 10 colonies of long-tailed bats are known to remain on the South Island mainland, with total numbers fewer than 5000, and declining.

"D'Urville Island is the fifth largest island in New Zealand. One third of it is public conservation land. It is free of possums and ship rats, which increases the long-tailed bat's chances of survival," Ms Martin said.

"This find dramatically increases the chances of saving the species from extinction," she said.
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