Endangered Species Project

by Kelsey Hafner

Bumblebee Bat

The Bumblebee Bat is located in Thailand and southern Burma in limestone caves. It is the smallest mammal in the world and weighs less than 2 grams. The bat got its name because of the fact that its body is about the size of a large bumblebee, whereas its real name is the Hog-nosed bat. In 1974 when it was first described, the bat has been disturbed by tourists and collectors because of the wanting to see the "world's smallest mammal". Burning the forest areas near the limestone caves is the main reason today why they are threatened by endangerment. The Bumblebee Bats occur within Sai Yok National Park, which offers some protection. A Conservation Action Plan was created for this species in 2001, which recommends actions for the conservation of the species. These recommendations include monitoring, providing incentives to local people to maintain essential habitat, and identifying and protecting key cave roosts.