Bats were created by God and are of great environmental importance. Hence, they need to be conserved!
Edwin Lavalie Gina
I joined the network because of my passion for all things wildlife. Bats are no exception. I was motivated to work with bats when I encountered Natalie Weber during a field training she conducted on Bat ID and advanced capture techniques back in 2017. Since then, I have come to learn more about bats and how very controversial a subject they are when it comes to public health.
Cotton Tree and surroundings
In Freetown, the bats roost downtown. They were found on the Cotton Tree, a famous historic landmark, and they roost around the nearby State House and Victoria Park. The latter has been transformed into an amusement park. We hope for a bat-friendly way to solve potential conflicts between humans and bats at this traditional roost site, which has been used by Eidolon for decades.
On 24 May 2023, the iconic Freetown Cotton Free fell down following heavy rains and a thunderstorm. The loss of this historic monument is greatly mourned.