Animals  India Project #9024

Conserve bats in International year of bats, India

by Chevaliar J.L.P. Roche Victoria K.S.G. Memorial Trust Society Vetted since 2011 Site Visit Verified


Bats play important part in ecosystem.They play an important role by eating insects (Eg.mosquitoes and crop pests) and pollinating plants.As a result of superstition and fear,many bat species are threatened by poisoning and habitat destruction.We aim to protect their habitats by educating community to understand and ecological services.We will create awareness through Seminars,Workshops,Documentaries and competitions.We have planned to build bat houses in order to protect the endangered species.

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Bats in South India face loss of habitat,which reduces prey populations,and often forces bats to live in and around human habitations. Bats are the predators of night-time insects,they are extremely important for the food cycle of the ecosystem. Much prime bat habitat is destroyed each year,resulting in bats losing their lives or bats moving into people's houses. We often neglect them. More than 50% of bats do not survive infancy. Declining populations can only be stopped through tough measures.


Bats are extremely important. Yet due to years of unwarranted human fear,bats are in alarming decline. You will also benefit from having fewer garden pests. Protecting the bats of South India requires action on multiple fronts and at all levels. Grass root education is vital and needs support.Educational materials distribution to local groups will educate the public. Competitions,quizzes,roosting sites visit will educate the children. By putting up a bat house you are helping them giving a home

Long-Term Impact

Through conservancy efforts, Community will be free of myths which have been there for some time. Through awareness campaigns the community will get to know the role which bats plays in the eco system and understand the role bats play in insect control and pollination. Unnecessary fear and myths about bats will be eradicated. Children's unwanted fear about bats will be cleared and they will be taught on how to protect bats and the steps involved when a bat enters their home.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


A review of the distribution and status of bats
BAT Newsletter of Sarah Tucker college, India
Protecting the Bats of India
Study on bat calls to conserve species

Organization Information

Chevaliar J.L.P. Roche Victoria K.S.G. Memorial Trust Society

Location: Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
James Tagore Derose
Tuticorin, India

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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