Bumblebee Bat By Mason
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Scientific Name: Craseonycteris thonglongyai

AKA: Kitti's Hog-Nosed Bat

Description: The Bumblebee Bat may be the smallest mammal on earth, growing up to 33 mm and weighing in at 1.7 to 2 grams, which is about as much as a dime weighs. Its wingspan can grow up to 3 inches. It can be gray or reddish brown, has relatively large ears, and a hog like snout, giving it it's nickname. The bat feeds on insects, and grabs them either while in midair, or while the insect sits on a leaf or twig. Very little is known about how they reproduce, and they give birth to a single young every year in late April.

Habitat: The Bumblebee Bat lives exclusively in limestone caves and caverns, in both Thailand and Myanmar. It was discovered by Kitti Thonglongya in 1973, and was actually named after him. They do not hibernate or migrate, and they have no known predators. They are, however, endangered greatly by the annual burning of forests near their caves in Thailand.

Problem: The bat has become endangered due to the annual burning of forests in Thailand. The burnings take place near their caves, killing both them and their food supply.

Solutions: The Bumblebee Bat and its habitat have been protected by law in the countries they live in. The Bat was also included as one of the 10 species to be investigated by the Zoological Society of London Edge of Existence Programme in 2007. This program helps put into progress many plans to save endangered species.

References: http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?gr=&view=c&ID=3&sp=26
Earth's Endangered Species - Bumblebee Bat

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