Promoting the Conservation of Native Birds in Taranaki and New Zealand and Providing information and resources on the New Zealand Falcon and Bats


New Zealand Bats Taranaki


PROVIDING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ON NEW ZEALAND BATS AND ON NZ BATS IN TARANAKI

Before the arrival of humans to NZ the only terrestrial (land based) mammals present were bats. There are considered to currently be six taxa of bats native to New Zealand.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) classifies these six taxa of bat according to their threat of extinction and they are currently classified as:

a. NZ Long-tailed bat ‘North Island’     -     Nationally Vulnerable
b. NZ Long-tailed bat ‘South Island’     -     Nationally Critical
c. Greater short-tailed bat                   -     Data Deficient*
d. Northern lesser short-tailed bat       -     Nationally Endangered
e. Central lesser short-tailed bat          -     At Risk - Declining
f. Southern lesser short-tailed bat        -     Nationally Endangered

* Previously considered to be extinct because there had been no confirmed sightings since 1967, the greater short-tailed bat has now been re-evaluated as Data Deficient due to lack of information.

To view a chart of the threat classification categories click here.

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‘NEW’ EXTINCT BAT SPECIES DISCOVERED

In June 2015 a paper was published describing the finding of fossil remains of an ancient species of bat from the same species family as the present day short-tailed bat. This discovery in Central Otago amongst other things shows that bats have been present in NZ for more than 16 million years.

To download a copy of this paper click here.

ABOUT NZ BATS

More often than not our New Zealand bats are simply referred to as the long-tailed bat (LTB) and the short-tailed bat (STB).

To find out some interesting facts and information on the LTB and the STB and the threats they face please click here.

NZ BAT DVD

To watch a short clip from the recently released DVD on NZ Bats and/or to order a copy of the DVD Battling Extinction – Fighting for our forgotten mammals please click here.

NZ BATS IN TARANAKI

To learn more about the historical and current presence of NZ Bats in Taranaki please click here.