I am lucky to live a few kilometres from the Tunduru garden’s Eidolon colony. I would love to understand why they choose to be here and where do they go when they leave Maputo and to do what.
Tunduru Botanical Garden
25 September Avenue, City of Nampula, Nampula
25 September Avenue, City of Pemba, Cabo Delgado
I am interested in the foraging ecology of straw-coloured fruit bats, and I therefore monitor the seasonal fluctuations at a roost site in Nampula city, Mozambique. In addition to the monthly monitoring, I sometimes observe the bats at sunset and daybreak, and try to locate utilized food resources. In general, I think that travel distances to foraging areas should increase during peak times of colony size with intraspecific competition for resources. I further expect to find trade-offs between distances travelled. Finally, central place foragers should commute distances according to the predicted positive relationship between body size and travel distances.
However, the fruit bats which I am monitoring are especially vulnerable to anthropogenic changes, for several reasons. Nonetheless, they are very important for humans. I like the most that they are efficient seed spreaders.