Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Livingstone’s flying fox

Nominated by: Dahari Comores

Conservation status: Endangered

Why do you love it? Livingstone’s flying fox is the fourth largest bat in the world. It’s an endemic species from the Comoros. They are large, black and majestic.

What are the threats to Livingstone’s flying fox? The species suffers from wide ranging habitat loss and degradation. The deforestation rate in the Comoros is among the highest rates in the world, therefore its roosting sites are threatened.

What are you doing to save it? Dahari works with Comorian communities to protect the roost sites. We adopted a payment for ecosystem service approach, with the aim of working with landowners in the vicinity of roost sites to promote agricultural practices that are compatible with safeguarding roosts.

Find out more about Dahari Comores

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