Short-nosed Fruit Bat and its Tents

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Short-nosed Fruit Bats (Cynopterus sphinx) make their own roosts in the form of hanging tents. These tents are usually made in palm trees, either within the fruiting pods or dry leaves, by removing the center portion of pods/leaves. This small colony made their tent within a Fishtail Palm (Caryota urens). These palms are best suited for these bats and make a great case to encourage planting them in urban parks and gardens.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bat-watching

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Anybody who’s looked at the sky at dusk would know that, like birds, bats are ubiquitous. The challenge is not in knowing that they’re there but in finding out who they are and where they came from. The ability to share space with us and yet remain unknown sets bats apart from other animals. And it is precisely this faculty that adds the sense of exploration that makes bat-watching compelling. If you have been intrigued by the mystery of bats … Read More