When most of us think about bats, we think about black flying creatures, but scientists have now found a new species and it is bright orange.
If you want to see one of these bats for yourself, you will have to travel to the Nimba Mountains in Guinea, West Africa. After finding one of these unique bats, it was described as being “striking.”
The American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International discovered the new species when they were on field surveys to see what was living in the old mining tunnels in the mountains. Although they have not yet looked into it fully, they do feel that it is critically endangered.
One of the reasons why they feel that it belongs on the critically endangered list is because it was never spotted before this happened.
In addition, many of the old mining tunnels that it calls home are now collapsing and will eventually be gone forever.
A chief scientist at Bat Conservation International and an associate research professor at the University of California, Winifred Frick spoke with The Independent, saying: “In an age of extinction, a discovery like this offers a glimmer of hope. It’s a spectacular animal. It has this bright-orange fur, and because it was so distinct, that led us to realize it was not described before.”
Frick also said it was rare to discover a new animal and she had been dreaming about it since she was young.
Another bat expert, Nancy Simmons, said that she knew they had discovered a new species as soon a she looked at it. She went on to say: “Then began the long path of documentation and gathering all the data needed to show that it’s indeed unlike any other known species.”
They have already named the new species, “Myotis nimbaensis”. That means from Nimba, which is the mountain range where they discovered new species of bat.Whizzco