Letter

Bat conservation and zoonotic disease risk: a research agenda to prevent misguided persecution in the aftermath of COVID-19

Citation

Rocha R, Aziz SA, Brook CE, Carvalho WD, Cooper-Bohannon R, Frick WF, Huang JC, Kingston T, Lopez-Baucells A, Maas B, Mathews F, Medellin RA, Olival KJ, Peel AJ & Plowright RK (2020) Bat conservation and zoonotic disease risk: a research agenda to prevent misguided persecution in the aftermath of COVID-19. Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12636

Abstract
First paragraph: COVID‐19 has spread around the globe, with massive impacts on global human health, national economies and conservation activities. In the timely editorial about conservation in the maelstrom of COVID‐19, Evans et al. (2020) urged the conservation community to collaborate with other relevant sectors of society in the search for solutions to the challenges posed by the current pandemic, as well as future zoonotic outbreaks. Considering the association of COVID‐19 with bats (Zhou et al., 2020), bat conservationists will undoubtedly be key actors in this dialogue, and thus an action plan on how best to adjust bat conservation to this new reality, alongside a transdisciplinary research agenda, are clear priorities.

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online Additional co-authors: O. Razgour, H. Rebelo, L. Rodrigues, S. J. Rossiter, D. Russo, T. M. Straka, E. C. Teeling, T. Treuer, C. C. Voigt, P. W. Webala

Journal
Animal Conservation

StatusIn Press
Publication date online31/08/2020
Date accepted by journal31/08/2020
ISSN1367-9430

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