Good Evening everybody
Quite a few people come to me with regards to sightings of bats in Kruger, as well as possible roost locations and some information regarding the bats found in those roosts. Thus i took it upon myself to start the Kruger Bat/Bat Roost Monitoring Project. For those who don't know, i have been recording bats and bat roosts in Kruger for 4 years now on a personal research basis and have made some awesome findings (such as Banana Bat's roosting in Fan Palms (very unusual and hadent beenr recorded), and Midas Free Tailed Bat roosting in hollow Mopani Trees (had only been recorded in Zimbabwe and further north) ).
The conservation of bats within the Kruger National Park is paramount and the only way we will succeed in doing this is by educating the public and wildlife lovers on bats and how important and cute they actually are. Thus, this project is set up in conjunction with Latest Kruger Sightings (Run by our very own forumite Ossendryver) and it allows and encourages people who visit Kruger to submit any sightings of bats or any signs of bats/bat roosts and these then get sent through to me where i document them in the various camp write ups as well as placing them on a map of the park.
Personal research conducted by me is also focusing on the exact hut numbers within the camp, which are home to bats.
This is a major step forward with regards to bat conservation within the Kruger National Park and we ask for your help in helping us preserve these amazing animals and help with the education of them so that we all can learn more
Please note:When Submitting Sightings/Observing Bats
-Please do not stay at a bat roost for longer than necessary
-Please do not handle any bats
-If bitten by a bat please call your doctor immediatly for precautions
-If using flash photography please only take a limited amount of photographs as the light disturbs the bat
-Please do not harm any bats of any sort and if somebody is sighted doing so please report them to the camp manager ASAP
-When submitting a sighting please send it straight to us over Facebook or at JKNG@live.co.za or by submitting it to Latest Kruger Sightings via there Facebook page or Twitter Page
-If you have photographic evidence please attach it
-Please state where/when and how you found your bat/s
Please also feel free to ask any questions so that we can answer them
Sightings which have been sent in will be posted on our Facebook site, Twitter page (@KrugerBats) and on this topic.