DOC's work with the short-tailed bat

The Department of Conservation's bat (pekapeka) recovery plan has a goal of conserving all bat sub-species throughout their present range and establishing new populations where possible.

Bat (pekapeka) Theatened Species Recovery Plan 15 (PDF, 367K)

Surveys are being undertaken in many areas to determine the present distribution of the two bat species. Bats are located by searching with an electronic 'bat box', a small black box that can pick up high frequency echo-location calls.

Short tailed bat, close up, Codfish Island. Photographer: B.D.Lloyd.
Short-tailed bat, Codfish Island

There are encouraging signs that bats are more numerous and widespread than previously thought, including recent confirmation that the short-tailed bat survives in Kahurangi National Park and the Nelson region of the South Island (it was thought to be extinct in the South Island).

Research is revealing the complex social systems of short-tailed and long-tailed bats, with both bats using a series of communal and solitary day-time roosts.

Eglinton Valley monitoring

The South Island lesser short-tailed bat is ranked by the Department of Conservation as nationally endangered. The population in the Eglinton Valley in Southland is one of only two known populations of lesser short-tailed bats on mainland South Island.

Read a report outlining the results of the January 2012 field season, shows the population trends gathered to date and lists recommendations for 2013 and the future.

Eglinton Valley lesser short-tailed bat monitoring programme 2012 (PDF, 2960K)

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Video about short-tailed bats

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