The Conservation of Diverse Bat Species (Mammalia:Chiroptera) in Volcanic Caves at Musanze District, Northern Rwanda

8 Mar 2018 Musanze, Rwanda, Africa Bats | Caves | Mammals

Nziza Julius


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Aims:

Sensitizing local communities harvesting guano about bat conservation, bats ecological significance and sustainable guano harvesting practices.

Assessment of bat population status through bats counts and availing the information to conservation stakeholders.

Assessment of breeding and movement patterns of resident bats to understand critical times when to minimize human activities.

Bat counting team getting ready for another bats counting phase.

Bat counting team getting ready for another bats counting phase.

Through community mobilization and seminars, the project will focus on sensitizing and organizing the local communities especially the bat guano harvesters in Musanze volcanic caves about bat conservation, also highlighting ecological and ecosystem services of the resident bats and promote sustainable guano harvesting mechanisms. Also population status of the bats will be estimated using direct counting methods. Further more data on the breeding and movement patterns will be collected to help conservation efforts of the resident bat species.

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