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Flying-fox camps

Flying-Fox Camps

Camps are large aggregations of flying-foxes that provide resting habitat, protection from predators, sites of social interaction, information exchange and refuge during significant phases of their annual cycle, such as conception, birth and lactation. Camps may be occupied on a permanent, seasonal or irregular basis.  They provide access to food and are a stopover for migrating animals throughout their range.

Key factors associated with the usage of camps include:

  • Presence of forest structured riparian (waterway) vegetation with a microclimate suitable for flying-fox roosting.
  • Presence of significant and reliable food resources within nightly foraging distance (typically within 20 km radius of the camp).

Of particular significance is the fact that the Grey-headed Flying-fox and Black Flying-fox occupy the camps during October to May, at which times females in the population give birth to and care for dependent young.  Not all camp sites are selected by flying-foxes as being suitable for maternity cycles.