Kitti’s hog-nosed bat

Small but mighty: the world’s tiniest and cutest bat species!

Medhi Yokubol

Also known as the bumblebee bat, it is the world’s smallest bat species and arguably the cutest! Weighing in at just 2 g (0.071 oz), these tiny creatures are found in the limestone caves of Thailand and Myanmar. With a distinctive pig-like snout, they use echolocation to navigate through the darkness, feeding on insects like moths and beetles.

Sadly, these adorable little creatures are critically endangered due to habitat loss and disturbance, making them a rare sight to see. It’s important that we work to protect these small but mighty bats, not just because they’re cute but because they play a vital role in their ecosystem.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Myanmar
3,770
Official estimate
NT
2018
Thailand
6,487
Official estimate
NT
2018

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No