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Action: Inform local communities about disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats Bat Conservation

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  • One study evaluated the effects of informing local communities about disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats on bat populations. The study was in Ghana.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE (0 STUDIES)

POPULATION RESPONSE (0 STUDIES)

BEHAVIOUR (1 STUDY)        

  • Behaviour change (1 study): One before-and-after study in Ghana found that fewer hunters intended to hunt bats in future after they were provided with education about the risks of diseases carried by bats.

Supporting evidence from individual studies

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A before-and-after study in 2009–2011 in a rural region of southern Ghana (Kamins et al. 2015) found that after education about the disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat, fewer hunters intended to hunt bats in the future than before the education was provided. In response to a questionnaire, fewer hunters (1 of 4) stated they intended to hunt bats in the future after they were given education about the risks of diseases carried by bats than before (all 4 of the hunters), although sample sizes were small and the difference was not tested for statistical significance. In 2009–2011, each of four bat hunters was interviewed with the same set of questions before and after a brief education piece was provided including verbal explanations of the risks of contracting diseases carried by bats.

Referenced papers

Please cite as:

Berthinussen, A., Richardson O.C. and Altringham J.D. (2019) Bat Conservation. Pages 67-140 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2019. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.