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The Bats of Kyoto and Shiga

Image by Rinck Content Studio

What are bats?

Bats are mammals of the order chiroptera.

Chiroptera means hand-wing!

They are the only mammals that are capable of true flight!

  • Fruit bats feed on fruits, flowers, nectar, and pollen


  • Fruits like bananas, figs, and dates depend on bats for pollination and seed dispersal

  • Insect bats feed on insects

  • They also eat harmful insects like farm pests and mosquitoes.

  • They play an important role in suppressing insect pest populations

I am a fruit-eating


I am an

insect-eating bat!

Click "read more" on the bats below to find more detailed information on the bats of Kyoto and Shiga!

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Horseshoe Bat

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Simple-nosed Bat

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Free-tailed Bat


"This project is being carried out with the support of the Heiwado Foundation Environmental Conservation Activity Grant Project" Natsuhara Grant "

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