Little Red Flying Fox

Little Red Flying Fox at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size
This flying fox generally reaches lengths of 19 to 23cm and has a wing span of approximately 28cm. The average weight of this animal is 300 – 500g

Habitat and Distribution
The distribution of this animal starts at Shark Bay and travels right around the Northern Coast of Australia to Northern Victoria. It can also be found on the Southern coast of Papua New Guinea. Making this the most nomadic and widely distributed of the Australian flying foxes.

Age
Approximately 12 years in the wild, with reports of individuals reaching almost 30 years in captivity.

Diet
Some of their natural diet is made up of fruits, with a small number of insects also being consumed. However the majority of their diet is made up of nectar of Eucalyptus plants.

Groups and Breeding
These animals roost in groups called camps, which during the summer can reach as many as 1,000,000 individuals. This species roosts very closely to one another, touching body to body, which is very unusual for this type of animal. Due to this number of individuals roosting so close together there have been reports in Australia of branch of up to 20cm in diameter breaking due to the strain of this roosting. Each camp will roost in one place for around 4 to 6 weeks before moving on.

Threats
Due to its natural numbers and successful breeding it is classed as Least Concern. It does not have a detrimental effect on the environment and agriculture and as such are not hunted as part of pest control.

Interesting facts
This is the smallest of all the flying fox species.