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The Solomon Islands expeditions
In April 2016, project funding was secured for multiple expeditions to the Solomon Islands over the following year. The aim is to increase our understanding of the mammalian biodiversity in these tropical islands, combining both current scientific methods and traditional local community knowledge to do so.
Scientists ventured deep into the forest to look for the elusive monkey-faced bat and the Bougainville giant rat, previously believed to be extinct. So little is known about this region’s spectacular fauna that our scientists had to delve into accounts made by naturalists in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Dr Tyrone Lavery, who has been studying small mammals in the Solomon Islands for the last 5 years prior to the expedition, led the team of scientists deep into the forest. Our scientists, with the help of the local community, set up mist nets to capture bats, alongside motion-detecting cameras and small traps in trees to capture rats.