FLYING FOXES' SITE DISCOVERED
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Midsayap recently conducted monitoring activity of a newly discovered roosting site of flying foxes. The site was found on a forest part of Brgy. Malagap, Banisilan, Cotabato Province.
Hon. Carlos Benedicto, the Punong Barangay of Malagap, said that the wildlife species were not originally living in their area, but in a neighboring barangay of Guiling in the Municipality of Alamada. He also added, after knowing that flying foxes are settling in their sitio, he immediately declared for the protection of these flying mammals as well as its habitat.
As to the initial assessment by the monitoring team, the sighting of the flying foxes were more or less 50,000 colony and there is a high probability that Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus) and the endemic Golden-Crowned Flying Fox (Acerodon jubatus) which is known to be endangered within the roost.
Meanwhile, CENRO Midsayap will continue to monitor and conduct assessment to know more of these flying foxes and later work with partner organizations to secure their existence and maintain its vital role in our ecosystem. (With video and report from designated IO Adiel Pamikirin)
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