Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)
First off I just want to say how much I love this picture. Anyhoo, a little about the species! As their name suggest, these African bats feed on fruit- and they undertake quite a journey to find enough to fill their quotia. The bats follow the annual rains north through sub-Saharan Africa before returning south at the end of the rainy season. Their extensive migration takes them hundreds of miles. Along the way, they spend the day in large, noisy colonies in tree roosts. At night they leave their roosts and venture out to find fruit, where the colony doesn’t stay as closely packed as they do when roosting. The giant population of straw-colored fruit bats play a key roll in pollinating and dispersing the seeds of many plants. Just another example of how everything in nature is connected! Photo credits to Kieran Dodds.