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First ever fanihi survey at AAFB

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - This Thursday the US Air Force in collaboration with UOG conducted the first ever fanihi survey to estimate the population size of mariana fruit bats.

The project was designed by Dr. Tammy Mildenstein.

She said, "This project has really kind of been overwhelming for me to be a part of. We thought it was going to be a much smaller-scale project and we thought we were going to be pulling teeth to be getting volunteers and just had people coming from all walks of life. We had families and little kids and we had people in the service and also people in local agencies and I think it really speaks to the community of Guam and how much Guam cares about having these species around that are starting to disappear."

With over 100 volunteers, the project's success indicates a good possibility there will be more surveys done in the near future.

The results of this year's survey will be released to the public by the end of August.

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