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RESEARCH

1995
We spent 3 months on the island of Sulawesi visiting National parks and protected areas. At each location we sampled the bat fauna by mist netting, locating tree cavities and caves where bats roost, as well as observing Acerodon species and Pteropus species at their camp which at times would be located near a village or a town. This is also when we came to a sad realization that fruit bats were being slaughtered by the hundreds.

1996
We were invited to participate in a research project on North Pagai Island. North Pagai Island is one of the Mentawi Islands which is locate off the west coast of Sumatra. We spent 5 months at Betumonga Research Station where we surveyed the bat fauna.

At the start of the project only 9 species of bats were recorded for the Mentawi Islands but during our time there we added 7 more species to the list, 4 fruit bat species Rousettus sp, Pteropus melantus, Eonycteris majori, and Cynopterus sp. and 3 species of insect eating bats 2 Hipposidero sp. and 1 Rhinolophus sp..

Also at this time we took under our wing an Indonesian student from Andalas University, her name was Mai, her passion was fruit bats. We taught Mai how to work with bats in the field, she learned how to use mist nets, take the appropriate data and measurements. We revisited Sulawesi to spend six months conducting a survey to determine how many fruit bats are being caught and sold in the food markets and to locate and map flying fox camps to determine population numbers.

1997
We assisted with a slender loris project in Dinigul, South India for 3 months. During this time I would visit local markets looking for flying foxes. Our research site was near a roost of Indian flying foxes, a small group of 150 bats. In fact a special day each year is set aside in Dinigul, India where the local men and boys spend all day killing flying foxes with rifles, sling shots, and spears

1998
We spend all year raising funds for the Sulawesi fruit bat conservation project.In all we collected 10,000 dollars in grant money from Bat Conservation International, Columbus Zoo, and Flora &Fauna International. Sulawesi fruit bat conservation posters, stickers, and t-shirts were designed as well as educational slide presentation.

1999-2001
We return to Indonesia to capture and export flying foxes (Pteropus vampyrus) the largest bat in the world for the Lubee Foundation a captive breeding center in Gainesville, Fla.

We are also introduced to our new student who will accompany us to Sulawesi, her name is Santi.

We donated BATS magazines, books and BCI videos to Andalas University Biology Department.
We find out that flying foxes are being exported from Sumatra to Malaysia for food, one shipment had over 500 dead bats.
All the flying foxes made it alive and uninjured to there new home at the Lubee Foundation.
We spent six months on the island of Sulawesi visiting town, villages, national parks talking to people and forestry personnel on why they should protect their fruit bats. We handed out stickers to the children which read protect our fruit bat in Indonesia, we posted the conservation poster in national parks or in towns near flying fox roost.
We revisited some of the known flying fox roosts, but sadly some of the roosts were cut down, or we heard that hunters had been there and killed all the bats. Only one roost had grown in population, the remainder were diminished or gone altogether.
We visited markets in the north and video taped the very disturbing sights . This why we need to build a bat rescue and research center on the island of Sulawesi.