Little red flying-fox

Pteropus scapulatus

Little Reds, nomadic bats who love feeding on pollen. Eucalyptus trees are their favourite – they follow the trees’ flowering over great distances and farther into the Australian interior than any other bat species. They usually arrive in Casino in January, like an influx of noisy tourists, before heading off again northwards after a number of weeks.
Like all our native wildlife, flying foxes have been hard hit by the devastating bushfires that destroyed 5.8 billion hectares of habitat and food supplies.
As we know, flying foxes are vital as pollinators of our forests; many native hardwoods only release their pollen at night and depend upon these nocturnal pollinators. Flying foxes are also seed dispersers, dropping seeds across vast areas. The bats have a vital role to help the forest recovery.