|Categories||Bats, Farming, Habitats, Mammals, Plants|
|Date||25 Feb 2020|
Project Pteropus was started by Rimba in 2013 and is the first and only project focused on the long-term ecology and conservation of Malaysian fruit bats (Order: Chiroptera; Family: Pteropodidae).
Our long-term approach is to investigate, understand, document, and highlight fruit bat ecosystem services such as durian (Durio zibethinus) pollination and island eco-tourism – but also to understand and address situations of conflict between fruit bats and humans, as a two-pronged strategy to promote conservation of fruit bats and their habitats. We are engaging fruit farmers and island residents constructively as equal partners to explore collaborative solutions for fruit bat conservation throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Flying foxes (Pteropus spp.) are used as a flagship, umbrella animal group to initiate conservation actions that will also benefit other associated bat species.
Read about Sheema's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/sheema_abdul_aziz_0 or for more information contact: