Researchers discover 10 new bat species in Nigerian forest


By Fabian Ekeruche

A research team has announced the discovery of 10 species of bats which have never been seen before in Nigerian forest.,

The team’s claim is contained in a statement signed by Ms Esther Nosazeogie, Communications Manager for Small Mammal Conservation Organisation (SMACON)

The team led by Dr Irori Tanshi, an award winning bat specialist, made the discovery after 15 months of intensive survey using mist-nets and harp traps to catch bats.

The organisation said Tanshi and her team combed through the forests of Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and Cross River National Park (Okwangwo Division) in Cross River from May 2015 to January 2018 to carry out their intensive bat survey.

The report stated that 90 species of bats were known to occur in Nigeria before now.

It also stated that the number represented almost a third of the different species of bats known to occur in Africa.

”This survey was not only effective in increasing Nigeria’s bat species to…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria