Bat Week 2020: The Secret Life of Durian Trees

As part of our Project Pteropus outreach efforts, we teamed up with insanely talented Malaysian artist Novia Shin, and Penang-based production house Hatchtag Media, to create a short animated video on bat pollination of durian: ‘The Secret Life of Durian Trees’, based on the results of Dr. Sheema‘s PhD research on Tioman Island.

This video was first released during last year’s Bat Week, but was a nominee for the Best Animation Award at the recent 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF 2020). If you haven’t seen this already, watch it to see what happens in a durian orchard at night! And, it’s also available in Malay and Mandarin!

Facebook: @novia.shin @HatchTag @KLEFFMY
Instagram: @novia_shin @kleffmy
Twitter: @KLEFFMY

Friends in Malaysia: this is your last chance to snag some bat swag by following us on social media, sharing any of our #BatWeek2020 posts with the correct 3 hashtags, and tagging at least 3 friends! We’ll start picking winners after today! Hope you all had a Happy Bat Week and will continue to help us celebrate bats long after this! 🦇🦇🦇

Bat Week 2020: Pollinating Bats of Peninsular Malaysia

Did you know that Peninsular Malaysia is home to at least 6 different bat species that are known to pollinate flowers???

A lot of people think of bats as using echolocation instead of eyesight to catch insect prey for food. However, in Malaysia we have fruit bats (Family Pteropodidae), who don’t echolocate but are equipped with large eyes and a keen sense of smell to home in on yummy fruits and nectar.

Many of our tropical plants such as durian (Durio zibethinus), petai (Parkia speciosa), wild bananas (Musa spp.), perepat (Sonneratia alba) and berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) actually depend on fruit/nectar bats for successful pollination and fruit production!

Artistic impressions by Vietnamese artist Dao Van Hoang

Facebook: @dao.v.hoang.3
Instagram: @vanhoang_dao
Twitter: @daovanhoang

This poster will also be included in our GIVEAWAY. If you’re in Malaysia and you’ve remembered to follow us on social media, sharing this post with the correct 3 hashtags + tagging 3 friends gains you another entry!

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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