Check out news, discover videos and read blog posts by DOC staff about short and long-tailed bats.

Bats in the news

Rare bats remain elusive
Lincoln University
March 2017
A student who spent her summer searching Banks Peninsula for rare native bats has been left in the dark about whether or not any of the elusive creatures are hiding out in the area.


Blog posts

DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work.

  • Monitoring bats in Whirinaki
    26 January 2018
    Christmas was fast approaching and most people were anticipating Santa’s reindeer; however, in the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park, DOC rangers were on the lookout for another sort of flying mammal.
  • Second Nature: An update from Nicola Toki
    21 June 2017
    Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki updates us on the work to set science-based goals to achieve better outcomes with for our threatened flora and fauna.
  • Monitoring Maruia Valley’s long-tailed bats
    18 May 2017
    Each January and February, a team from the Māwhera/Greymouth office monitors long-tailed bats in the Maruia Valley.
  • Top 10 native species of 2015
    30 December 2015
    We look back at our native species that have captured the attention of the internet world this year.
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