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Kigali, RW, Africa, AF
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It's official, Eidolon helvum is back in town ! Trees have been radically cut in the neighbourhood and some groups of the colony are roosting in Ficus sp. Senna sp. and also Grevilla robusta. However, the bats are mostly roosting in Cupressus sp. trees.

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Posted by eleeuw 5 months ago (Flag)
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Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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Then let me express a "welcome back in Kigali" message :-)

Do you know whether the trees were cut down because they used to be bat roosts, or is it due to the development of the area?

Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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Posted by natalie 5 months ago (Flag)
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The bats have found a perfect discrete location : on a low frequented campus, along a road. The trees have been cut down for urban reasons : they were very old and some were about to fall down.

Posted by eleeuw 5 months ago (Flag)
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Happy to hear that! Cutting down roost trees because of the bats is unfortunately very common.

Posted by jakob 5 months ago (Flag)
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People preferably throw them stones. I've also hear that a few years ago, when the colony was very big and roosting on personal gardens, it was usual to set a fire with a lot of smoke on the roosting sites.

But, in the case of this colony, they are very discrete... Very clever as you said !

Posted by eleeuw 5 months ago (Flag)
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Posted by carrieseltzer 5 months ago (Flag)
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Straw-colored Fruit Bat - Photo (c) Isidro Vila Verde, all rights reserved, uploaded by jvverde
Community ID: Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)
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