We received a phone call from Dr John Souglides regarding bats roosting in his garden. Upon investigation, the 'giant bats' seen were Wahlberg epauletted fruit bats. Not being a common resident in Bryanston, these large brown bats are more commonly found along the east coast in KZN and up to the northern part of South Africa. Dr Souglides has been putting out chopped fruit each night to help support feed them during the winter months. Photos taken by Quintin Mills shows their beautiful swooping paths as they descend on the fruit.
Bats play an instrumental role in our ecosystem. If you would like to make your environment more bat friendly, contact EcoSolutions Urban Ecology.
Found a bat and worried about what to do? Check out our flow chart: http://www.johannesburgwildlifevet.com/found-a-bat.html
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Pics: Quintin Mills
The team behind the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet Hospital.