6. Pekapeka-tou-roa, long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus). Mother and Child

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Pekapeka-tou-roa, long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus). Mother and Child.
Original painting

A common behavioural trait of pekapeka-tou-roa and pekapeka-tou-poto is for the mother to carry the bat ‘pup’ when she leave the roost to find food. Pekapeka-tou-roa are present in different parts of the North Island including Taranaki and West Auckland. They often travel along streams, using them like (predatorfree) highways, catching midges ‘on the wing’. Trapping in your backyard helps to increase their chances of survival and a goal of chief Biodiversity Officer for Auckland Regional Council Ben Paris and others is to see a predator free wildlife corridor, across private and public land from the West to East coasts of Tāmaki Makaurau allowing these and other taonga species to travel in safety.

This large pekapeka-tou-roa illustration was commissioned by Puke Ariki Museum (New Plymouth) and will be reproduced in large format for the East Taranaki Environment Trust Exhibition.

730 x 1190mm
Schmincke Horadam Gouache on Fabriano hot press watercolour paper, 2018

These original works are from the the exhibition 'A Few' - the third installment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species of Aotearoa, New Zealand - by Erin Forsyth. They may be viewed in person at the exhibition taking place at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in Auckland October 30 - December 9.
A variety of native flora and fauna are represented in this collection with special attention given to the manu/birds (Avifauna), pekapeka/bats (Chiroptera), pepe or pūrerehua/butterflies (Lepidoptera) and rakau/trees. It is the artist’s intention to continue to grow this series, providing insight to the unique biological (bio) diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Details of this work appear on the poster 'Taonga O Aotearoa', produced in collboration between the artist Erin Forsyth and Predator Free NZ Trust.

All works have been painted in Schmincke Horadam gouache on Arches hot pressed, 300GSM, 100% cotton paper by the artist during 2018, and have not previously been exhibited unless specified. Exact dates of completion can be found in pencil on most works.

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