Rodrigues or Golden Flying Fox

Scientific Name: 
Pteropus rodricensis (TER-ohp-us ROD-reh-sen-sus)
Bat Habitat Range
The small island of Rodrigues (110 sq km) in the Indian Ocean in the Mauritius (near Madagascar)
Dry woodland; needs a variety of sheltered trees for roosting and feeding.
Weight: 300-350g (10-12 oz); Wingspan: 9m (about 3 ft)
20 years in captivity
In the wild, females give birth to one pup a year (in captivity usually twice/yr). Gestation 120-180 days, weaning usually occurs at 10-11 weeks, but occasionally not until 6 months. Young can fly at 3 to 4 months though they remain with their mother for a year.
Gregarious, roost in vocal colonies often. Males have harems of up to 8 females.
Rodrigues have a distinctive, musky odor, which they rub onto nearby branches, and other bats. They are poor fliers even in moderate winds.
Conservation Status: 
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED! At the lowest point in 1974, there were only 70 Roddies left. Captive breeding and conservation efforts raised this to 1,500-2,000 in 1998 when a cyclone again reduced their numbers. Primary threats come from hunting, loss of habitat, and cyclones (winds can knock bats from trees & out to sea as well as destroy their food sources). OBC has participated for a number of years in efforts to help conserve this endangered bat. OBC contri-butes to funding for Rodrigues' first environmental educator whose job it is to encourage and support positive environmental initiatives to save the Rodrigues Fruit Bat from extinction.
At OBC: 
Tanner was born in 1986 at the Philadelphia Zoo; Quala was born in 1994 at the Lubee Foundation. Both animals are part of the Species Survival Plan program. When wing injuries prevented flight, it was felt that the pair would be excellent ambassadors for their kind through OBC public programs.

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