Fruit Bat outreach materials by Project Pteropus

Bats are amazing beneficial animals that are highly misunderstood and threatened due to prejudice and ignorance. They don’t get enough love, and we need to help them now, more than ever! Project Pteropus has produced outreach materials for public education and awareness on Malaysian and Southeast Asian fruit bat conservation. These are available as soft copies for you to download and/or share online (click on the images) for non-profit educational purposes – all we ask is that you use them in their original forms that we have created, and please do not make any additions or alterations.

The posters, brochures, fact sheets and short documentary are more relevant to Malaysia (although they do feature two regionally common and widely distributed flying fox species), but the animated video ‘The Secret Life of Durian Trees’, the Green Humour infographics on bats as durian pollinators, and the children’s card game are widely applicable to all Southeast Asian countries, and can therefore be used across the region. More outreach materials (including more pteropodid species) are in the works, so watch this space!

If you would like to obtain hi-res copies of these files for mass printing and distribution, please contact Hana. If anyone would like to help provide the current legal and management information relevant to Sabah, please do get in touch and let us know!

Posters

Fact Sheets

Brochures (print and fold)

Comics/Infographics

Videos

Children’s Card Game

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Video update 8: Malaysia’s Flying Foxes

Today is Bat Appreciation Day!

Bats are wonderful animals, and they do so much for us! Malaysia is home to our very own Keluang, or Flying Foxes — some of the largest fruit bats in the world. Fruit bats are some of the few animals with a dual role of both pollinators and seed dispersers, and function as highly efficient night-time gardeners who can fly across vast distances.

However, their populations are declining at an alarming rate. Prejudiced and misunderstood, flying foxes are often killed despite their importance in maintaining the health of our tropical ecosystems.

This short video introduces you to Malaysia’s wonderful flying foxes and encourages you to support their protection and conservation, highlighting the vital ecological roles of these fascinating animals through never-before-seen footage from the wild.

Written, produced and directed by Ng Wen Qing for Project Pteropus, Rimba. Big thanks also to Sanjitpaal Singh of Jitspics and Xploregaia, and Kapas Conservation Club for contributing footage. Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, and Mandarin versions available further below.

This #BatAppreciationDay, let’s all take a moment to #thankthebats and pledge to protect them  🦇

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Bat Week 2019: Remember to thank the bats for our durian!

The last week of October is official International #BatWeek! It takes place from the 24th to the 31st. Download press kit here.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate all the many different ways bats are awesome, and to remember why we humans need them, and also to overturn the prevailing negative images and associations with bats that get particularly ramped up during this time of the year.

Bats are NOT scary, spooky, creepy, or evil. Bats are helping us! To kick off Bat Week 2019 and explain how bats help people in Southeast Asia specifically, Project Pteropus has produced this informative and educational video on how durian trees get pollinated by fruit bats, which is based on the results of our pioneering research.

Using watercolour drawings by local artist Novia Shin, and animated by Penang-based production company Hatchtag Media, it was made possible through partnerships with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Year of the Durian, Green Acres Orchard, Cintai Tioman, the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit, and Mabuwaya Foundation – thanks to grants generously provided by the Rufford Foundation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Habitat Foundation.

This video is also available in Malay and Mandarin (Simplified Chinese subtitles). If you would like to obtain a copy for your own non-profit conservation outreach or environmental education purposes, please contact Sheema.

Happy Bat Week and let’s look forward to the next durian season when we can #thankthebats again!!