Conservation Status of Bats in the Agesthiyer Hill Range in the Western Ghats, India
The aim of this project is to:
- survey the bats of the Agesthiyer Hill Range, which is situated within an area of outstanding biodiversity interest - WWF Global Ecoregion No 20: 'Southwestern Ghats Moist Forests'
- conduct a more detailed survey of the status of Salim Ali's fruit bat, which is endemic to South India and has only recently (February, 2002) been discovered in the Hill Range
- identify key sites for bat conservation within the Hill Range
- assess threats and promote the concept of bat conservation emphasizing the role of bats as keystone species within the ecosystem
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