This is the only known photograph of the greater short-tailed bat, taken at Puwai Bay, Big South Cape Island (off Stewart Island), in July 1965. Concerned about rats attacking the native birds, staff from the Wildlife Service transferred rare bird species to two rat-free islands nearby. Sadly, no attempt was made to transfer the greater short-tailed bat, which became extinct soon afterwards.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Don Merton
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