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Give a bat a bad name on Earshot


note that this audio is about Microbats, not Megabats.

Summary
Bats exist in an extraordinary reality—flying, hanging upside down all day, using echo-location to hunt, or roosting deep in a cave. Bats are certainly different.

IMAGE: PHOTOGRAPHER: VIVIEN JONES

Bats make up half of all mammals on the planet—but something is happening to them. A tiny bat called the Christmas Island Pipistrelle was recently the first mammal to become extinct in Australia in fifty years and now others are under threat, including those raucous grey-headed flying-foxes. Why? And where's Batman when we need him?

Music in the program is from the film scores of Bernard Herrmann and Johann Strauss's operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat).

This is an extract of Give a bat a bad name, that aired on RN's 360documentaries.


Bats exist in an extraordinary reality where nothing is quite as we humans know it: whether it's flying, hanging upside down all day, using echo-location to hunt, or roosting deep in a cave... bats are different. In company with Batfink and Bela Lugosi, plus a scientist who believes there's nothing to beat the aroma of bat pheromones for a good aftershave, we're going into caves and spending time on islands to discover the habits of bats and learn why, after 50 million years, some are heading towards extinction.

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Bats make up half of all mammals on the planet -- but something's happening to them. Last year a tiny bat called the Christmas Island Pipistrelle was the first mammal to become extinct in Australia in fifty years, and now others are under threat... including those raucous Grey-headed flying-foxes, who may recently have moved into your neighbourhood.

Male flying foxes think the way to woo a female is to shout in her face. It works for them... but after being around for 35 million years they're on the path to extinction too. Why? And where's Batman when we need him?

Thanks to all who contributed to this program. The role of The Bat was read by Roi Huberman. Music is from the film scores of Bernard Herrmann and Johann Strauss's operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat).

Guests
Vivien Jones Bellingen based wildlife photographer
Dr Lindy Lumsden Section Leader, Wildlife Ecology, Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
Paul Gray
Rob Gration Wildlife Biologist with Ecological Consulting Services, Melbourne
Elery Hamilton-Smith Professor, Environmental Studies, Charles Sturt University, NSW
Terry Reardon Evolutionary Biology Unit/Vertebrates, South Australian Museum

Publications
Australian Bats, second edition
Author Sue Churchill
Publisher Allen and Unwin, Jacana Books

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