Rare, endangered bat spotted in Tungawan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:11

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Zamboanga Sibugay together with the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zones Management Services (PAWCZMS) and the local government of Tungawan have confirmed the presence of an endangered giant fruit bat called Golden Crowned Flying Fox (Acerodonjubatus) at the mangrove forests of Barangay Tigbucay.

The roosting sites of this endangered bat species is scarce as there are only around nine recorded sites in the entire country. The Tungawan roosting site is the first record in Zamboanga Peninsula. This bat is endemic in the Philippines and generally thrives in altitude range of 0-1000 meters above sea level. Normally, it roosts together with P.Vampyrus but not all P. Vampyrus roosts have the presence of A.Jubatus.

Zamboanga Sibugay PENRO Dante “Dantoy” Oporto underscored the need to protect the Golden Crowned Flying Fox by raising awareness on the importance of all types of forests and its trees as they are the habitat of most of our endemic wildlife, particularly bats, and these areas are continuously destroyed by man.

“As we celebrate March 21 as International Day of Forest (IDF), let us always be reminded that in the preservation and protection of our forests and its trees we can contribute much for the protection of this magnificent giant fruit bat discovered here in our province,” PENRO Oporto added.

Further assessment shall be undertaken by the DENR to include an intensive information, education and communication (IEC) campaign to increase awareness and to address hunting activities in the area.

The Golden Crowned Flying Fox is classified under the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species for Flora and Fauna (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as endangered. They are also protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Act and the killing, injuring, capture, trade and destruction of their habitat is punishable under this law. — RPAO/ PENRO Zamboanga Sibugay News Information Center