Cistugidae – Wing-gland bats

This small South African family of bats is on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss

Found in the deserts of Lesotho, South Africa, Angola, and Namibia, these bats are an imminent threat of extinction due to habitat loss. Not much is known about them, but they are known as hairy bats in the areas where they are found because of the extremely thick fur that covers their entire body.

These bats are usually documented in arid areas of the countries mentioned above, with less than 9.9 cm (3.9 inches) of annual rainfall. Populations of its member species are in danger due to increasing mining activities in the areas of their habitat which needs to be addressed as soon as possible.