Bats

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South Island long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus)

The South Island long-tailed bat uses a different roosting site each day. Roosts need to be high quality to provide protection from predation and the elements. The cavities in large old red beech trees provide the best protection. While a range of roosting sites in a variety of habitats are used, the bat is vulnerable to predation and population decline.

Predator control and habitat protection are key conservation actions. It is feared that without conservation action many populations will go extinct within the next 50 years.