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A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Visayas, Mindanao, and Luzon, Philippines

Focal Species

Golden-crowned flying fox

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species


About the Project

The main objective of this project is to continue establishing sanctuaries to ensure the protection of roost sites used by the Endangered Golden-crowned flying fox across its range in the Philippines. Bat Conservation International (BCI) is working collaboratively with multiple Filipino environmental conservation organizations and individuals to implement the highest-priority actions recommended by the IUCN’s Old World Fruit Bat Action Plan to curtail decades of population declines. Hunting at roost sites is the primary factor negatively impacting Golden-crowned flying fox colonies. The project implements targeted education and awareness campaigns in communities nearest to known and newly-identified roosts. The goals of BCI’s educational activities are to dissuade hunters and farmers from continuing to kill flying foxes and to generate support from community stakeholders to establish locally-managed roost sanctuaries. Such roost sanctuaries will not only serve to protect the target species from hunters, but they will also become high-quality educational and tourist attractions. Conservation projects focused on this neglected species are severely underfunded, especially given its vital role in provisioning ecosystem services such as seed dispersal and pollination in threatened rainforest habitats. The impact and follow through of this project will benefit Golden-crowned flying fox for many years and could save the species from extinction.

Project Mission: The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.



Bats at Woodland Park Zoo
The zoo is home to a colony of fruit bats known as Indian flying foxes. Look for them in the Adaptations Building or watch them from home on the live streaming Bat Cam.


To learn more:

Read the Indian flying fox (fruit bat) fact sheet