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  • English name
    Mariana Flying Fox
  • ClassificationChiroptera, Pteropodidae
  • Scientific namePteropus Mariannus

Mariana Flying Fox
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The Mariana Flying Fox is disappearing because people ate too many of its kind. Large numbers of the Mariana Flying Foxes were captured for food and already disappeared from several islands.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body Length: 17-23cm
Weight: 1.2kg Approx.

(Source: Shinsekai Zetsumetsukiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)

Where they live

Mariana Flying Foxes only live in Guam and the Mariana Islands.

What they eat

Mariana Flying Foxes eat fruit and flowers.

What they are like

During the day, Mariana Flying Foxes like hang upside down on trees to take a nap. Hanging upside down is the most comfort position for them to rest!

Find out more about the Mariana Flying Fox!

Gobbled up because they're yummy?!
The Mariana Flying Fox living in Guam and the Mariana Islands is in great danger of disappearing. There are many reasons, like losing forests and being attacked by snakes that came from outside the islands. But the biggest reason is that people ate too many of the Mariana Flying Fox. Actually, the Mariana Flying Fox is famous for its delicious meat. In addition to local people, tourists who come to the islands for sightseeing often orders a rare bat dish. The Mariana Flying Fox has already disappeared from several islands.

Other Flying Foxes are also disappearing...
It's now forbidden to capture the Mariana Flying Fox by law. But other kinds of Flying Fox are imported to the islands to serve bat dishes that are popular among tourists. Flying Foxes often fly away even if they are hit by a hunter's bullet. That means, the number of Flying Foxes being killed is actually much higher than those being eaten. Now the imported Flying Foxes are also in danger of disappearing.

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