Teaching them young

Invited guests, the conservation team and students of Valelawa Primary School and Maramarua District School at Nakanacagi village on Vanua Levu. Picture: ANA MADIGIBULI

STUDENTS of Valelawa Primary School and Maramarua District School in Dreketi, Macuata on Vanua Levu got a chance to learn about the Fiji free-tailed bat (Chaerephon bregullae) last week.

The students were eager to learn more about the endangered species that only roosts in their province.

Students had the chance to learn about scientific name of the free-tailed bats, its local name and how they can differentiate between the various bats found in Fiji.

The students learnt about the importance of protecting the cave at Nakanacagi Village where the bats roost.

The NatureFiji-MareqetiViti team has taken the lead role in creating awareness on the importance of bats and their conservation in Fiji.

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said the bat cave sanctuary at Nakanacagi would provide an opportunity to the future children of Macuata to be engaged in much needed research on Fiji’s unique wildlife and species.

“I know deep in my heart that together we can continue to have the Nakanacagi bat cave, a safe haven for the Fiji free-tailed bats,” he said.

The students were part of the dedication ceremony of the Nakanacagi bat cave sanctuary.

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