Endangered Species

Black Fruit Bat
Artwork Medium: Scratchboard
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″

Black Flying Fox

Chironax melanocephalus
Status: Least Concern

The black flying fox bat is native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They are nocturnal animals and do most of their foraging during nighttime hours. They generally consume nectar, pollen, and fruit. They are key pollinators as well as seed dispersers.

They perceive their environment by echolocation: they give out sounds which bounce off objects thus telling them if the way forward is clear.

Although not severely endangered these animals are under serious threat. In many parts of their range, they are hunted for food and in urban areas, they are shot in orchards and threatened by power lines. Climate change has also impacted them and rising temperatures threaten the species.

Australian Museum