I didn’t think that I would get much out of a book about Christmas Island pipistrelle. This is because I prefer to focus on ecosystems closer to home, rather than those on an island that is closer to Java than Australia.
I was wrong.
The official description describes A Bat’s End as ‘a compelling forensic examination of the circumstances and players surrounding the extinction of the Christmas Island pipistrelle’. This is an understatement. It is a scathing overview of the many failures of multiple organizations to take the plight of the pipistrelle seriously. It goes beyond that; it highlights a growing trend of how many Australians are willing to overlook the extinction of native species. I believe that every naturalist should read it to learn about the many failings when it comes to threatened species.[Read more…] about Rook Review: A Bat’s End: The Christmas Island Pipistrelle and Extinction in Australia