A rare species of Flying-Fox will struggle with climate change but might just survive

Pteropus pelagicus that the photographer found in his kitchen on Oneop Island. Photo by: Naavid Khatibi.

The first ever study of a species of flying-fox has shown it is under threat from climate change. Flying foxes, which aren’t actually foxes at all but types of bats, live in hot tropical regions including Asia, Australia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Cuuk Flying fox lives on a number of small islands in the Federated States of Micronesia which lie in the Pacific Ocean.

Climate change means the sea levels will rise meaning many small islands like those in Micronesia will become smaller or disappear all together.

This will make it harder for the flying foxes to find the food and other resources they need.

Fortunately it is unlikely that the species will go extinct all together as it is also found on some volcanic islands that rise high above sea level.

Bats make up an astonishing 20% of world’s mammals although they often get neglected by conservationists and researchers.

Painting of Pteropus pelagicus (notice the name change).

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