Craseonycteris – Hog-nosed Bat

The world’s smallest mammal with a big conservation challenge

Commonly known as the bumblebee bat or Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, is a genus of tiny bats that is endemic to Southeast Asia. It is considered the world’s smallest mammal, with adults weighing 2 g (0.071 oz) and measuring only about 29 – 33 mm (1 – 1.3 in) in length. They have distinct pig-like snouts and large ears that aid in their echolocation abilities.

Due to their small size and elusive nature, very little is known about the behavior and ecology of bumblebee bats. They are known to roost in caves and feed on insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Unfortunately, they are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and disturbance from human activities. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their habitat and ensure their survival.