Bird of the year is a bat — go figure!

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The official winner of Bird of the Year was announced this week and it’s not a bird.

The pekapeka-tou-roa long-tailed bat beat all the feathered frontrunners with the highest number of votes ever and won by 3,000 votes!

Ben Paris, also known as NZ Batman, has been on a mission over the past decade to raise the awareness of our only native land mammals. We asked Ben what everyday NZ’ers can do to help protect them.

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