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Mon 23 Feb 2004

Bats and Durians

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I was at the zoo for a meeting on the 20th of February and spotted this at the main entrance toilets.

Short succint, and very nicely done. Placing them in toilets made good use of the space.

You can read more about economics, the bats and durians in this article by which was re-published in 1998 in NSS' Nature Watchvol. 6 issue 2 (Apr-Jun).

But the dawn bat, or Eonycteris spelaea has a significant mangrove connection. Also known as the cave fruit bat, it roosts in caves and forages in mangroves. A population roosting in the famous Batu Caves of Gombak, Selangor emerges at night and flies to the Kuala Selangor mangroves. They return by dawn, and have covered more than 100km.

Like the Long-tongued Fruit Bat (Macroglossus minimus) they feed on the nectar of the Berembang tree (Sonneratia caseolaris) - the firefly tree!

With durian trees only flowering once or twice a year, the berembang tree sustains the bats during the non-flowering season. Some sources suggest its sister species, the Perepat (Sonneratia alba) is also used by the bats. This is the first tree you see when you walk down the jetty towards Pulau Ubin. Think "Durians" next time you see it!

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