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2007-01-16 12:00:00

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER LONDON - It isn't often that the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the finger-sized slender loris, and the mountain pygmy possum share the spotlight. But these odd creatures are the focus of a conservation program launched Tuesday to safeguard some of the world's rarest mammals. The Zoological Society of London's program highlights 100 species selected because of the peculiarity of their genetic backgrounds and the degree of danger they face. The species' lack of close...


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Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai
2012-08-09 07:54:12

Kitti's hog-nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai) is the only remaining species within the family Craseonycteridae, and is also known as the bumblebee bat. It is native to southeast Burma and western Thailand, where it is limited to Dawna Hills located in Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi Province. In this area, there is one population that resides in a drainage basin on the Khwae Noi River. Much of its range here occurs in the protected area known as Sai Yok National Park, but some...

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