“Edge of existence”

"Edge of existence" - January 18, 2007
Initiative focusing on saving peculiar species... The top 100 Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) mammals... including Thailand's Bumblebee bat: The world's smallest mammal, the bumblebee bat is endangered in Thailand where it is known from a single national park. Since it was first described in 1974 this tiny mammal has been disturbed by collectors and tourists wanting to see the world's smallest mammal. Today the main threats are from burning of the forest areas near the limestone caves in which it lives.
ZSL aims to support an urgently needed ecological study on this poorly known species in Thailand. Questions such as what is the optimum roosting habitat, whether there are any undiscovered populations in between the known Thai and Myanmar populations, what are the main threats facing the bats need to be answered in order for an appropriate conservation strategy to be implemented.
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