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Volume 34, Issue 1, Winter 2015

Rescued From Extinction

BCI exploring conservation possibilities to support the rediscovered species


Second chances in the conservation of imperiled species are as rare as the species themselves, but biologists at the University of Queensland in Australia have rediscovered the New Guinea big-eared bat (Pharotis imogene), which had not been seen for 120 years.

A single New Guinea big-eared bat was collected by University of Queensland students Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Bow in July 2012, about 120 km east of Kamali, Papua New Guinea, not far from where it had last been collected in 1890.

This region is close to mining and forestry projects that could prove a threat to its habitat. Research into the biology and ecology of the species to confirm its range and population status are high priorities, and BCI will be reaching out to scientists and conservation organizations working in the area to help build an effective partnership and strategy to ensure the New Guinea big-eared bat is not lost again, this time for good. 

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