As early as January this year, the Friends of the Flying Foxes
(FFF), a not-for-profit nongovernment organization formed to protect and conserve Boracay's flying foxes
, have sounded the alarm bells over the dwindling bat population on the island because of various threats-from massive habitat loss because of development projects targeting the fruit bats' roosting sites to the unabated hunting for food by local communities on the island and in the mainland Malay town.
Conservationists have identified three species of flying foxes
on the island, including the golden-crowned flying fox (Aceradon jubatus), which is endemic to the country but has been categorized as among endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
"The demarcated critical habitat is mainly in Barangays Balabag and Yapak, where the flying foxes
are concentrated," Atienza said.
Footages have since revealed that the flying foxes
were responsible for lapping up the nectar, leaving the flowers unruffled.
Schmidt said the council is not allowed to disturb the bats' natural habitat as one of the two parks in the town is a registered roost for the flying foxes
and so it is a protected area protected by the Department of Environment and Heritage.
Candida, Fusarium, Penicillium and Saccharomyces were isolated only from bolus of the Indian flying foxes
whereas Cryptococcus, Histoplasma and Trichophyton were observed from isolated from guano samples only (Table I).
WILDLIFE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND, (2014), Flying Foxes
, online at: www.wildlife.org.au/wildlife/speciesprofile/mammals/flyingfox/
Now while the wildlife lovers among you might start to worry - I'm sure a lot of people can get protective over flying foxes
, though when it comes to pigeons I'm not so sure - there probably is no need to be overly anxious.
With government approval, people for decades shot, poisoned, gassed, burnt, and electrocuted flying foxes
. In the 1990s there were estimates of 100,000 or more grey-headed flying foxes
being shot annually (Tidemann et al, "Grey-headed Flying Fox").
Nipah is naturally found in the fruit-eating flying foxes
, which feasted on the mangoes planted by farmers.
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