Short-Tailed Bats

New Zealand’s Short-Tailed Bats: They like being grounded!

February 14, 2018 mammal 0

New Zealand is a strange land with some very unusual creatures that occupy ecological spaces occupied by mammals in other places. Kiwis take up the space of ground-dwelling insect-eating mammals. The large parrot Kakapos takes the place of foraging mammals looking for seed and leaves. And these bats, rather than […]

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat: tiny but fiesty!

May 6, 2017 mammal 0

Kitti’s Hog-nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), named in the honor of one of the zoologists who discovered it in the 1970’s, is a very small animal indeed. In fact, it is the smallest bat and the smallest mammal known to us. It also the only remaining species in it’s family of Craseonycteridae. […]