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The endemic bat of Rodrigues Island threatened with extinction




The endemic bat of Rodrigues living in colony in the wooded valleys and the remaining primary forests of the island, and called "Golden bat", is today under threat of extinction due to deforestation.
 
The ravages of tropical cyclones with the passage of heavy meteor showers on the island can also drain in their wake high mortality in the population of bat of Rodrigues.
 
Mammalian of small size of about 15 to 20 cm long, with a wingspan of 50-90 cm when it spreads its wings, the fruit bat of Rodrigues, with big eyes and big ears, weighs between 300 to 350 grams and is listed as being critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
 
Rodrigues endemic bat feeds on leaves of tamarind, fruit, nectar and native flowers, as well as mangoes, palms and figs, as indicated in the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
 
In the 1970s, its population fell to 70 to 100 individuals. Today, there are on the island some 20,000 fruit bats of Rodrigues.




Fabrice François


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