The Bonin Flying Fox is a bat that lives only on the Ogasawara Islands. They are on the brink of extinction because they are unable to find food or a roosting place due to disappearing forests.
Total length: 20-25cm
(Source: Shinsekai Zetsumetsukiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)
The Bonin Flying Fox lives only on the Ogasawara Islands.
The Bonin Flying Fox eats nuts, leaves, flowers and its honey.
Bats are small animals but they live long lives. Under captive care, some Bonin Flying Foxes have lived for as long as 18 years.
Robbed of their roosting place and food?!
The Bonin Flying Fox lives only on the Ogasawara Islands. There are many theories as to why they are almost extinct. First, forests are disappearing. Just like the bats you see in pictures or drawings, the Bonin flying Fox also rests while hanging upside down from a tree branch. Their primary diet is nuts and leaves. So if the forest disappears, the Bonin Flying Fox will lose its roosting place and food.
Net used to protect crops are life-threatening?!
There are other reasons for their declining numbers. At one time, the Bonin Flying Fox was being exported as food, and some have been attacked by cats. A more recent death trap occurs when the Bonin Flying Fox gets caught in the net used to protect crops. Although the Bonin Flying Fox lives on several small islands, it is difficult for them to move about because the islands are spread apart. Once extinct, that island may never see another Bonin Flying Fox again.
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