Bat Diaries: A video preview

Before I launch into further detailed posts, I'm uploading a short video outlining the basic process of sampling/tagging the bats to give you a visual glimpse into our work.

In short, we catch the bats in mists nests before gently extricating them and bringing them to the workbench. We then note down their characteristics (weight, sex, body measurements, etc), after which they're sampled, sedated, tagged, allowed to recover, and released. Each bat is given mango juice during and after the process, and I must confess that it's my favorite part of the entire procedure!

Note: We used tags by e-obs (amazing high resolution tags) and Lotek (argos tags).

Till next time!

 

Dr. Chris Kilonzo and Amani gently removing A bat from the mist-net (Photo by Nistara Randhawa)

Dr. Chris Kilonzo and Amani gently removing A bat from the mist-net (Photo by Nistara Randhawa)