Why Mauritius is culling an endangered fruit bat that exists nowhere else

The endangered Mauritius fruit bat is once again the centre of a controversial cull at the hands of its government, much to the alarm of wildlife conservation organisations. Under pressure from both farmers and the public, the government of the Indian Ocean island recently announced a plan to cull 10% of its 80,000 or so fruit bats to protect the nation's fruit industry.

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Last updated on 30 November 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Mauritius
Region: 
Indian Ocean
Threats: 
Agriculture and hunting
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals