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Emblems of a city, the bats of Abidjan face troubled future


At evening’s twilight, the skies over Abidjan’s business quarter are darkened by bats squeaking their way between buildings, flying across Ivory Coast’s economic hub in the tens of thousands.

The scene has long been a feature of the city’s Plateau district—in the dying embers of the sun, the beating of innumerable little wings almost drowns out the traffic noise.

But the little mammals are now threatened by a range of human-made perils, say conservationists. MORE