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The Hill’s horseshoe bat, a critically endangered species, not seen in 40 years, was found again in Nyungwe National Park, a highly bio diverse area containing old-growth cloud forest.

The bat was rediscovered by a multi-national team of experts led by Bat Conservation International (BCI), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), and the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA).

The rediscovery marked the culmination of survey efforts that took place in Nyungwe National Park and surrounding areas from 2013-2020.

According to the records published by BCI through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), bat species occurrence records resulting from survey data were collected as part of a long-term collaborative project to determine if the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN critically endangered Hill’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hilli) is extant.