Bat Caves in the Philippines: An endangered safe haven

Caves together with their often unique fauna and flora and delicate speleothems constitute one of the most fragile environments on Earth. Cave ecosystem holds a variety of species of unique and sensitive organisms, many of which are caves obligates, one of this are bats. Caves are used by bats for a variety of reasons, including … Continue reading Bat Caves in the Philippines: An endangered safe haven

Hopes for imperiled bat caves of south central Mindanao: Past, Present, and Future actions

  Past and Present… Think of a world without your favorite fruits and surrounded with mosquitoes. Yes, that will happen if we lose our bats. Bats in the country are highly diverse in terms of the species-area relationship with around 60 species. They utilize a variety of habitats, especially in forest and caves. However, many … Continue reading Hopes for imperiled bat caves of south central Mindanao: Past, Present, and Future actions

Insights: Role of collaboration and capacity building–the BioDept’s bat research experience

Updated: 4/21/2017   ‘A successful research isn’t all about being published, it should end as policy, technology or in any form that will benefit the common society’ – these are the most important guiding principles in doing research in different fields, especially in conservation. The Department of Biological Sciences, as a Center of Development in … Continue reading Insights: Role of collaboration and capacity building–the BioDept’s bat research experience

The Bat Cave Vulnerability and Conservation Mapping Initiative

Caves are used by bats for a variety of reasons, including courtship and mating, raising young, and hibernating. Bats seek shelter during the day and disperse from these sites to forage for food at night. In addition, many insectivorous species retreat to caves between feeding bouts, where they may cull the wings and heads of … Continue reading The Bat Cave Vulnerability and Conservation Mapping Initiative

Fruit Bat Ecology and Ecosystem Services Provisions in Philippine Tropical Ecosystems

Island ecosystems, in particular, are dependent upon bats for plant pollination and seed dispersal, as bat-mediated pollination and seed dispersal ensures gene flow across large and fragmented systems. In the Philippines, there are approximately 79 species of bats distributed in more than 7000 Islands, of which around 30% are fruit bats. Among these Rousettus amplexicaudatus … Continue reading Fruit Bat Ecology and Ecosystem Services Provisions in Philippine Tropical Ecosystems

Cave-dwelling Bats of south-central Mindanao — a rich but threatened biodiversity

This study is the first to provide a taxonomic report on cave bat biodiversity in south central Mindanao region. The exploration of five accessible caves in Pisan, Kabacan, North Cotabato, in south central Mindanao identified a total of 14 bat species with three endemic H. pygmaeus, P. jagori and M. wetmorei – which is considered … Continue reading Cave-dwelling Bats of south-central Mindanao — a rich but threatened biodiversity