Common across the island as recently as the 1980s, it took a 99% nose dive in numbers between 1994 and 2006. There may now only be twenty individuals left, and the only known remaining communal roost has just four individuals.
11 June 2009
Chrismas Island Bat
...'extinct within six months unless taken into captivity immediately to set up an emergency captive breeding programme for future re-release', writes Kim Stokes on the Edge blog: