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OF KWA ZULU NATAL
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Bats’ protection under the law

In Europe legislation specifically gives protection to all bats, their roosts and their habitats, with severe penalties for interfering with bats.

In South Africa, only Otomops martiensseni enjoys such specific national legislation under the National Biodiversity Act, but all other bats are protected under more general national legislation such as prohibition of cruelty to animals, and prohibition of use of non-registered poisons.

Bats are also protected by provincial legislation. Provincial Nature Conservation Ordinances provide for the protection of plants and animals though various levels of protections and schedules which differ between provinces.

For example in KwaZulu Natal two species of bats, the large-eared free-tailed bat (Otomops martiensseni) and the short-eared trident bat (Cloeotis percivali) are listed under the highest priority ‘Specially Protected’ category, along with species such as the black rhino! A number of other bat species are listed under the ‘Protected’ category, where they are afforded legal protection against human disturbance.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL BATS

- except to euthanase a sick or injured bat by an approved humane method.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE ANY POISON OR CHEMICAL TO KILL BATS

IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHOOT BATS

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