The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox


The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox(Acerodon jubatus) also known as the Golden-Capped Fruit bat is one the largest bats in the world. It has an over 5ft wingspan and can weigh up to 2.6 pounds. It is called the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox because of the golden-orange fur around its head. This bat is only found in the Philippines and is rare even there; they live primarily in the rainforest by rivers. Unlike other bats the Giant Golden-Crowned Fly Fox does not have a tail, but has no membrane between its legs at all. The Giant-Crowned Flying Fox eats figs and other indigenous fruits as well, and sometimes it can travel over 20 miles per night for its food. Sadly this bat is in serious danger, because many poachers kill them for their fur, their habitat is becoming more scarce, and they are competing for food with humans. Before the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox started getting killed these bats used to roost with another species of bat, the Malayan Flying Fox which is another of the world’s largest bats.  Roosting with other bats made them feel safer, but it makes them easier for the poachers to find.

Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Foxes roosting!

Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Foxes roosting!

A Flying Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox.

A Flying Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox.

A baby Giant (or not so Giant) Crowned Flying Fox! SO CUTE!!

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