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Large Flying Fox

Pteropus vampyrus


I WISH I could see these in the wild but these were seen at Animal Kingdom in Florida. I thought they were so amazing, I just had to post. I kept going back to check them out. I've never seen anything like them. They are huge! The wing span is up to 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in). They feed on flower, nectar, and fruit. I would love to hear from those of you who get to actually see these in the wild. I'm jealous! Also known as Malaysian Flying Fox or Greater Flying Fox, kalang or kalong.


The large flying fox ranges from Malay Peninsula, to the Philippines in the east and Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Timor in the south. Flying foxes inhabit primary forest, mangrove forest, coconut groves, mixed fruit orchards, and a number of other habitats. During the day, trees in mangrove forests and coconut groves may be used as roosts. In Malaysia, flying foxes prefer lowland habitats below 365 m. In Borneo, they inhabit the coastal areas, but move to nearby islands to feed on fruit. Flying foxes roost in the thousands (maximum). One colony was recorded numbering around 2,000 individuals in a mangrove forest in Timor and colonies of 10,000-20,000 have also been reported. In general, mangrove roosts have lower numbers of resting bats compared to lowland roost sites, which could mean mangroves forests are only used temporarily. (Wiki)

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Dixie 8 years ago

Thank you ZooNerd! I find them fascinating.

ZooNerd 8 years ago

Nice I love bats they are an interesting group of mammals. that is an excellent picture of a Flying Fox or as they are commonly called Fruit Bats. nice shot keep up the good work.

Dixie 9 years ago

@Karen: I think they see in color. Am I right?
Thanks again Selma!

KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact! The large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus) gets its common name from its fox-like facial features. Though its scientific name suggests it is a species of vampire bat, it does not suck blood and its diet consists exclusively of fruit, flowers and nectar. Unlike many other bats, which use echolocation in order to navigate, flying foxes depend on their excellent sight to find their way at night.

Unfortunately populations of large flying foxes are declining because of habitat loss and hunting. The species is not classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Dixie 9 years ago

Thank you Selma. Can you imagine one of these flying by?

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Orlando, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 5, 2014
Submitted on Mar 5, 2014

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