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Individual study: Assessment of the short-term success of a translocation of lesser short-tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata)

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Ruffell J. & Parsons S. (2009) Assessment of the short-term success of a translocation of lesser short-tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata). Endangered Species Research, 8, 33-39


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Translocate to predator or disease free areas Bat Conservation

In a single study in 2005 on Kapiti Island, New Zealand (Ruffell & Parsons 2009) nine out of 20 translocated lesser short-tailed bats Mystacina tuberculata were recorded at the release site 232 days after release. After eight months, captured bats were balding and had damaged infected ears and were subsequently returned to captivity. Four male and 16 female captive bred juveniles were released in April and provided with roosts and supplementary food (consistently for 55 days after release and irregularly for 156 days after release). Bats were monitored using infra-red video cameras, and caught in harp traps during three study periods after release (eight weeks in April–June, five weeks in August–September, one week in November–December). Kapiti Island is a 1965 ha nature reserve of forest and scrub located 40 km south west from the source bat population on mainland New Zealand.