The Bat Interest Group
of KwaZulu-Natal
Rehabilitation, Education, Research
In Affiliation with
The Durban Natural Science Museum
Bat conservation and Research

About Us

The Bat Interest Group of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the Durban Bat Interest Group and commonly known as Bats KZN, was started in 1994 and is the oldest bat group in Southern Africa. Run entirely by volunteers and funded by subscriptions and donations from members of the public, the group aims to conserve the bats of KwaZulu-Natal through education and research.

Active "bat workers" undertake hundreds of activities every year including talks and courses, advising homeowners on how to deal with bats on their properties, monitoring of bat roosts, scientific surveys, and rehabilitation of injured bats.

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The Large-eared Giant Mastiff Bat

Otomops martiensseni is a member of the Free-tailed bat family. This protected species is under threat from urbanisation and a loss of habitat. Found only in small isolated pockets in South Africa, Durban city and its surrounds are now the only home to this bat in KwaZulu-Natal.

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