(Largest bat)Giant golden-crowned flying fox

The Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the Golden-capped fruit bat, is a rare fruit bat said to be the largest bat in the world. The species is endangered and is currently facing the possibility of extinction due to poachers and food hunters. They can be found only in the Philippines, where they live in the caves and rainforests of Maitum, Sarangani.

This nocturnal flying mammal has a wing span of at least 1.5 m or 5 ft and weighs approximately 1.2 kg or 3 lbs. It is active at night and can fly long distance up to 40 kilometers while hunting for food, eating a variety of fruits. Its favorite food is the ripe fig. It is called “silent planter,” since it contributes greatly to forest regeneration, because of eating lots of fruits and their seeds.

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