Sunday, 22 October 2017

How to save giant tropical fruit bats: Work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money

Cultural value of bat teeth means traditional hunting customs are 'a positive, not a negative'

Date: October 16, 2017
Source: Field Museum

Flying foxes -- giant fruit bats that look like winged German shepherd puppies -- are in trouble. But scientists suggest a new way to help protect the bats on the Solomon Islands: working with local hunters who use the bats' teeth as currency. The traditional practice, it turns out, is a positive thing for bat conservation.

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