Stop the Cull - Mauritian Fruit Bats Need You!



The Philadelphia Zoo has been working in partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation for two decades to save the critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bat, a member of the flying fox family found only on the small island of Rodrigues, the principal island of the Republic of Mauritius.

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Rodrigues fruit bat, cousin of the Mauritius fruit bat. Photo by Jacques de Speville.

Last month, the government of Mauritius announced its plans to cull 20 percent of the endemic and vulnerable Mauritius fruit bat population, a close cousin of the Rodrigues fruit bat, living on Mauritius. The government hopes that fewer bats will help reduce damages to fruits like mangoes and litchis in orchards and boost revenue for fruit farmers. But scientists with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) say evidence doesn’t support the notion that fruit bats are causing the crop damage and that, furthermore, the cull could be disastrous for the native bat species. You can help!  Join the Philadelphia Zoo, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, and more than 11,000 people who care about wildlife by signing the petition to stop the cull. Help them reach their goal of 15,000 signatures on a letter to the President of the Republic of Mauritius.

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Mauritius fruit bats play an important role in the ecosystem – they are important pollinators and help disperse seeds. Photo by Jacques de Speville.