Early morning in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera Temple Complex, ascended the west staircase which winds around in a spiral to the roof and is dimly lit save for small window openings. This bat was on the wall and initially disturbed by me and flew out of sight further up the staircase. I followed and found it again resting on a scarab-shaped relief, where it remained as I carefully photographed it closer and closer. It flew off again descending the staircase and I was able to locate it on the main floor of the temple in a very dark, deep crack in the wall. I took a few more photos and it seemed rather irritated with me pursuing it so intently, so I finally left it alone. Its photo was included in the publication "Egypt’s Flora & Fauna; An AUC Press Nature Foldout" by American University in Cairo Press, with author Dominique Navarro and Scientific Consultant Richard Hoath, whose book "Mammals of Egypt" I used to identify this small, long-tailed bat.
Bats in the palace of the Sultan of Zinder, Zinder, Niger. Taken 1992.
Mouse-tailed bats are a group of insectivorous bats of the family Rhinopomatidae with only three to six species, all contained in the single genus Rhinopoma. They are found in the Old World, from North Africa to Thailand and Sumatra, in arid and semiarid regions, roosting in caves, houses and even the Egyptian pyramids. They are relatively small, with a body length of just 5 to 6 cm. They weigh between 6 and 14 g.