Translocation of bats as a conservation strategy : previous attempts and potential problems

Ruffell, Jay, Guilbert, Joshua, & Parsons, Stuart (2009) Translocation of bats as a conservation strategy : previous attempts and potential problems. Endangered Species Research, 8, pp. 25-31.

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Abstract

Translocation is an increasingly popular conservation tool from which a wide range of taxa have benefited. However, to our knowledge, bats have not been translocated successfully. Bats differ behaviourally, morphologically and physiologically from the taxa for which translocation the- ory has been developed, so existing guidelines may not be directly transferable. We review previous translocations of bats and discuss characteristics of bats that may require special consideration dur- ing translocation. Their vagility and homing ability, coloniality, roost requirements, potential ability to transmit diseases, susceptibility to anthropomorphic impacts, and cryptic nature have implications for establishing populations, effects of these populations on the release site, and ability to monitor translocation success following release. We hope that our discussion of potential problems will be able to supplement the existing, more generic guidelines to provide a starting point for the planning of bat translocations.

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ID Code: 79759
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bat · Chiroptera · Translocation · Reintroduction · Relocation · Guidelines · Release strategy
DOI: 10.3354/esr00195
ISSN: 1613-4796
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Inter-Research
Copyright Statement: http://www.int-res.com/journals/open-access/
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 03:06
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 22:11

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