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Rodrigues Flying Fox

Pteropus rodricensis

Habitat:

Island of Rodriguez, a part of Mauritius located in the southern Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. Dense rainforests with large, mature trees.

Notes:

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 Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has undertaken a successful captive breeding program and there are now colonies in several zoos. Likewise, the Organization for Bat Conservation is funding an international conservation project. Pictures taken at Artis, zoo of Amsterdam.

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8 Comments

Antoine Verfaille
Antoine Verfaille 7 years ago

Thank you Fly!

Fly Fisher
Fly Fisher 7 years ago

Great Photos!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Thom! They really are beautiful!

Thom
Thom 7 years ago

Great pictures!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Sophie!

Cute!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Emilie! When I took these pictures I had no idea that they were so rare, even in captivity.

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 7 years ago

Nice series, Tony.

Antoine Verfaille
Spotted by
Antoine Verfaille

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Dec 21, 2012

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