Volume 14, Issue 1, Spring 1996

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The Straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) is a gregarious species widely distributed throughout Africa. It roosts in tall trees, often in busy villages and towns, and sometimes with hundreds of thousands of bats at one location. Straw-colored bats are key seed dispersers and pollinators for many African trees and shrubs, yet they are frequently misunderstood and harassed. As people begin to understand them better, some colonies are becoming tourist attractions.

Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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