Posted by: Martin | November 20, 2011

Animals of Abidjan

Gotham City?

The Ivory Coast may not have much big game like other parts of Africa, but yet it happens that I’m in awe of the animal life just in Abidjan.

I’ve seen a few times when the sky over Abidjan is full of bats – thousands of them. No idea why, but it’s an impressive sight. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to capture on camera. Here are the attempts I made last time:

A Feature, not a Bug

In the Cocody house it seems a family of Geckos have made their home.  It’s not that you occasionally see geckos on the walls, it’s always at least one gecko on one of the house’s walls every time I’ve been there. Geckos are I believe pretty harmless and quite fascinating, so I’m going to put it down as a feature and not a bug.  And they are much easier to photograph than bats:

"Many species are well known for their specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces, and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human habitations." From Wikipedia

"These species become part of the indoor menagerie and are often welcome guests, as they feed on insects, including mosquitoes."

"Geckos climb vertical and even inverted surfaces with ease using millions of micron-scale adhesive foot-hairs on each toe. Each foot-hair splits into hundreds of tips only 200 nanometers in diameter, permitting intimate contact with rough and smooth surfaces alike"

"Geckos come in various patterns and colors such as purple, pink, blue, and black, and are among the most colorful lizards in the world. Some are subtly patterned and somewhat rubbery looking, while others are brightly colored. Some species can change color to blend in with their environment or with particular temperatures."

Trollslända

And then we have insects, which can be much larger than what I’m used to back in Sweden. The dragonfly (trollslända) below is zoomed in all right, but not that zoomed in.


Responses

  1. ^Would you add your bat photo as a citizen-science observation to the AfriBats project on iNaturalist?:
    http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/afribats

    AfriBats will use your observations to better understand bat distributions and help protect bats in Africa.

    Please locate your picture on the map as precisely as possible to maximise the scientific value of your records.

    Many thanks!

    PS: these are straw-coloured fruit bats or roussettes paillées (Eidolon helvum)


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