In Search of Salim Ali's Fruit Bat

Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat (Latidens salimalii) is one of the three rarest bats in the world! Native to the Western Ghats, it’s an invaluable pollinator, ensuring the ecosystem it is a part of continues to thrive. But with barely 1,000 individuals left, this bat is in danger of being wiped out.

Filmmaker Sara and conservationist Rajesh Puttaswamaiah set out to film the rare Salim Ali's Fruit Bat for the first time. The footage reveals these otherworldly creatures in astonishing detail—eyes wide open as they hang upside down in their natural habitat.

The film is a part of a documentary miniseries about the Western Ghats, produced in collaboration with the team at On The Edge.

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