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February 2019

How can AI help bats in Borneo?

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What do you think of when you think of Borneo’s wildlife? Maybe Orangutans or Birds of paradise? For most people, bats aren’t the first group that spring to mind but they are an integral part of Borneo’s tropical rainforests. There are over 1300 species of bats worldwide (that’s four times as many bats as there are primates) and they make up 40% of Borneo’s land mammal species. As well as dispersing the seeds of approx. 300 tree species on the island they are also vital in regulating insect populations by consuming over half their body weight in insects each night. Sadly, just as with many more well recognised species, bats in Borneo are severely threatened by habitat loss and deforestation from logging and palm oil plantations.

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