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!

Bat Week 2020: GIVEAWAY ALERT REMINDER!

Don’t miss your chance to participate in our exclusive Bat Week giveaway!!!

Did you know that Malaysia has one of the largest bat species in the world???

Help us spread awareness on how amazing bats are, and be in the running to win cool bat swag from Project Pteropus including this t-shirt and tote bag featuring custom-designed artwork by Qiu Quan, custom pin designed by Max Khoo De Yuan (Geometric Wildlife), plus stickers and posters. Just take ALL of these three simple steps:

1. DON’T FORGET to follow @rimbaresearch on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter
2. DON’T FORGET to share any of our #BatWeek2020 (24-31 Oct) posts AND tag 3 friends (you can encourage them to do the same!)
3. DON’T FORGET to include the hashtags #BatWeek #ProjectPteropus #Rimba

10 lucky winners will be picked at random after 31 October! And the more different posts you share, the more you increase your chances! However, due to the pandemic this giveaway is limited to Malaysian addresses only, because overseas shipping is not currently available, so sorry! Do expect a delay in delivery, as we are currently experiencing a partial lockdown 😅😭😥

Facebook: @quiquanart  @MaxKhooDeYuan & @GeometricWildlife
Instagram: @qiu_quan  @max_andtheworld