In 2003, a rare synanthropic bat, Robbin’s house bat (Scotophilus nucella) was recorded from Mmem village. This species is categorize as data deficient on IUCN red list. The range of this species is poorly known and it is unclear if this species is declining. The highest number of individuals known to science is 36, from which 31 were recorded from southwestern Ghana where this project is based. So far, we have recorded the highest numbers in the Mmem village inside the Krokosua Forest Reserve through the support of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation fund.
As this species is closely related to humans, we are also exploring alternate roosting in Mmem village and have installed 10 bat boxes. The next phase of the project include studying the natural history of this bat. We hope this will guide us in the next conservation action needed to safeguard the survival of this rare house bat. Our next planned activities include estimating its spatial requirments and identifying critical habitats. Although it is a house bat, we do not know where it roost and we hope to identify this through radio-tracking activities. Other activities outlined include education programs in Mmem and other forest fringed communities. We also plan to restore degraded parts of the forest through activities of illegal farming in this forest.