|Date||27 May 2015|
Bats are a poorly studied part of Nepal’s fauna. Current wildlife policy and conservation practices in Nepal are not sympathetic to bats. There is a need for substantial expansion and co-ordination of knowledge about bats among conservation policy makers and local stakeholders. Pteropodid bats provide important ecosystem services through seed dispersal and pollination. This project will identify fruit bat populationsunder threat (especially the colonial species such as Pteropus giganteus, Rousettus leschenaulti and Eonycteris spelaea) due to human disturbance such as habitat destruction and hunting. The traditional roosts of P.giganteus in trees are being destroyed and colony sizes are dwindling.
The following activities will be carried out during the project period-
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