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    Rodrigues Flying Fox

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    The Rodrigues Flying Fox or Rodrigues Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis) is a species of bat in the family Pteropodidae, the flying foxes or fruit bats. It is endemic to Rodrigues, an island in the Indian Ocean belonging to Mauritius. Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests. It is a sociable species which lives in large groups. It can reach 350 grams in weight and has a wingspan of 90 centimetres.
    It is threatened by habitat loss through storm damage and human intervention and also by local hunting for food. Formerly the daytime roosts or 'camps' of this flying fox contained more than 500 individuals. The species currently numbers just a few hundred in the wild and is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN. The Jersey Zoo has undertaken a successful captive breeding program and there are now colonies in several zoos.
    At night the bats forage in dry woodland for fruit of various trees such as tamarinds, rose-apples, mangoes, palms and figs. Like many other fruit bats they squeeze out the juices and soft pulp, rarely swallowing the harder parts. Observations in captivity show that each dominant male gathers a harem of up to ten females, with which he roosts and mates. Subordinate and immature males tend to roost in another part of the camp.

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    1. Hans van Reenen 64 months ago | reply

      Spectaculaire opname.
      Erg interessant Martin.

    2. Martin-James 64 months ago | reply

      A most interesting image and notes on a fascinating creature.



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    3. Astrid Photography. 64 months ago | reply

      Wat een prachtig koppie....!

    4. - Carsten - 64 months ago | reply

      Excellent treatment. The photo is very sharp and I like the expression on the face.

    5. Helen Willis (stitching.gremlin) 64 months ago | reply

      An unusual shot. Its great to see pics of some animals people might just walk right by. Great :)

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    6. sannesu 64 months ago | reply

      Very impressive shot of a very interesting animal!

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    7. Wild Images 64 months ago | reply

      Hi Martin
      Pragtige vlermuis! Hulle het 'n indrukwekkende vlerkspan!
      Alles wat mooi is vir jou en jou familie ook vir 2009. Groete, Callie

    8. Golden Emporium 64 months ago | reply

      wow, amazing capture!!! Excellent shot of this bat!!

    9. Connie Lemperle 64 months ago | reply

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    10. dinali77 64 months ago | reply

      OMG that is so beautiful .. I'm afraid of bats but find them so beautiful!
      No reason other than ignorance in case you ask why I'm afraid of them.
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    11. Janitka 64 months ago | reply

      wow gorgoeus image!

    12. ikb images 64 months ago | reply

      wow. what an awesome capture. the eyes are so stunning. beautiful shot and thanks for the informations.
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    13. luzzzelmann 64 months ago | reply

      Fantastische kiekje !!

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    14. mapecard 64 months ago | reply

      Fantástico momento.

    15. Antonio Bortoli. 64 months ago | reply

      Bella cattura.!

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    16. maksid 64 months ago | reply

      Waaaaaw.... what a capture here !!!

    17. Maryann's*****Fotos 62 months ago | reply

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    18. Tumbili76 54 months ago | reply

      Good Afternoon, Martin-

      My name is Erin and I work with the African Wildlife Foundation. I write a blog on our website called 'Ask Erin!' where people write in with wildlife questions (here's a link: awf.org/blog/category/askerin/). Recently, I received a question regarding flying foxes and I would very much like to use your photo of the Rodrigues Flying Fox for the blog post. May AWF have permission to use your photo on our blog?

      Warmest Regards,

      Erin
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    19. Don Andres!! ;) 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ANIMALAND_Extreme Animals , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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