Flying-foxes are large bats that prey on plant products like fruit, flowers, pollen, and nectar. they typically congregate in camps made from large numbers of people, but some also roost singly or in small groups. Camps are often found during a range of vegetation types, usually on the brink of water in a neighborhood with a dense understorey.
Flying-foxes are highly mobile, ranging up to 40 km from their camps in the dark to feed. They also move up to many kilometers to follow the flowering and fruiting of food sources.
Flying-foxes play an important role to keep our ecosystems in healthiness. They pollinate flowers and disperse seeds as they forage on the nectar and pollen of eucalypts, melaleucas, and banksias and the fruits of rainforest trees and vines. Flying-foxes are important in ensuring the survival of our threatened rainforests like the Wet Tropics and Gondwana Rainforests, both listed as World Heritage sites.
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