02. 11. 2022
Rare Egyptian Fruit bat rescued in Cyprus
Rare Egyptian fruit bat found caught in a poachers’ net in Cyprus: After locating and reporting another active trapping site with two large mist-nets and an electronic calling device near Vrysoules – our CABS team found five wild birds - all blackcaps - and one rare Egyptian fruit bat freshly caught in the nets. This species is of huge importance to Cypriot natural heritage, as Cyprus is the only European country where this rare mammal species exists. Fruit-eating bats were once common throughout the island, but numbers have been rapidly declining over the last 15 years and there are now just an estimated population of 1,100 remaining. In the last few weeks in Cyprus, we have already dismantled 80 nets with a total length of over 1000 metres and with that we have certainly saved other fruit bats as well as tens of thousands of other migratory birds.
Find out more about our campaigns and operations in Cyprus here.