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Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the spread of infections diseases to humans through bats. But how do you catch the world’s largest bat to study it?
Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the spread of infections diseases to humans through bats consumed as bushmeat. —- Five months ago, I wrote to you from an airplane, bound from Johannesburg, South Africa to Antananarivo, Madagascar, nervously embarking on my first field season of dissertation research and plunging—for the first time in…
It’s the eve of my departure back to America-land, and the feeling is bittersweet as I reflect on my last three months in Madagascar.
Megabats are intriguing because of their recently discovered (and still not fully explained) roles as carriers for some of the world’s most dangerous emerging zoonotic viruses, including Nipah- the virus that inspired the movie “Contagion”.
Photo by E Bowen-Jones/Courtesy FFI By many reckonings we live in scary times. It’s sometimes difficult to find the good news to share. So it’s particularly welcome to report on Halloween that one species of bat in Africa is doing a lot better than it was only a few years ago. “The Pemba flying fox…