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Rüppell’s Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus fumigatus

Rüppell’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus fumigatus) is native to Africa, with a range that includes Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, and Senegal, among many other areas. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical arid forests and arid or moist savannahs. It will typically roost in caves or underground structures. It is thought that colonies residing in southern Africa are smaller than those in northern areas of Africa. Because it has no major threats, Rüppell’s horseshoe bat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Captin: Adult Rüppell’s horshoe bat, wild specimen, photographed near Limpopo River, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Credit: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0)

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