Community Waitakere, thanks to funding from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, are helping to shine a light on one of our lesser known, rare creatures – the pekapeka tou roa (long-tailed bats).
Every year during late summer, Community Waitakere run the ever-so-popular “Hikoi o nga pekapeka” bat walks. These walks provide a great opportunity for families to explore the ngahere at night and learn more about some of the weird and wonderful creatures that live there. If we are lucky we might even hear a pekapeka tou roa on our hand-held bat monitors!
Like our facebook page for more information on these free walks- they fill up quickly!
Through our work with AECOM we’ve also been monitoring bat populations in Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa/ the Waitakere Ranges to try and better understand the population that lives there.
Check out this YOUTUBE Video
Did you know we have three species of pekapeka in Aotearoa – although one is thought to be extinct. It’s our only native mammal. Tamaki Makaurau/ Auckland plays home to the pekapeka tou roa – a tiny creature that’s as big as your thumb, wing span the size of your hand, and weighs as much as a couple of two dollar coins.
Download our cool bat poster
Sadly, the pekapeka are critically endangered, like the kakapo, and the population is forecast to drop 70 per cent over the next few years. This is because they face four key threats:
The good news is that there’s lots we can do to support our pekapeka including:
If you would like any information about pekapeka, or our pekapeka project, please contact Sophie Barclay, Citizen Science Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.