Our multi-species monitoring program targets threatened species and hunted small-sized mammals. Our longest running species monitoring program is the Straw-colored Fruit bat. The Straw-colored Fruit bat Eidolon helvum is Africa's second largest bat, forming large colonies in wild and urban areas. With a pan-African distribution, the species faces multiple threats including intense hunting in West Africa. We manage five teams of volunteers (students and citizen scientists) working across the country. This is part of the Pan-African population monitoring network! Visit Eidolon website.
The project has provide an incredible opportunity for many students and citizen scientists to engage with bats and nature in general. Many Nigerian bat scientists and conservationists got their start as volunteers under this program.