Monitoring, threats and conservation of hiber-nating bats roosts in Lebanon

Mounir R. Abi-Said
Faculty of Sciences II, Lebanese University, Al Fanar, Lebanon and Animal Encounter, Ras-al Jabal, Aley-Lebanon 
 
Abstract: In this study up to 41 sites known to contain hibernating bats were surveyed during the winter of 2012-2013. There was a noted increase in the Egyp-tian fruit bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus, population in Berqayel cave. This increase was probably due to the effectiveness of the awareness program that was conducted in Berqayel after the 2010 disturbance; where thousands of R. aegyptiacus were shot or suffocated by fire in the cave and the destruction of the cave entrance. New roosting sites were reported for different species. However, there was a decrease in Rhinolophus blassii and Miniopterus schreiber-sii populations, mainly due to human disturbance. Proposed conservation measures including follow-up monitoring of bats, and broader public aware-ness programs are highly recommended for more effective bat conservation.
 
Key words: Bats, Lebanon, Conservation, Monitoring

Jordan Journal of Natural History, 1, (2014), 152-164.
Other articles published in the same issue: Jordan Journal of Natural History, vol.1, iss. 1.
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