The world’s largest bat is on the brink of extinction and widely hunted by humans.

On February 14th Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright researcher at the City College of New York (CCNY), led a study showing that the number of fox espresso bats, the world’s largest bat species, was rapidly declining and was widely hunted in Indonesia and the Philippines,media reported. The researchers say the hunt not only reduces the number of rare fox tasers, but also exposes humans to animal-borne pathogens known as zoonotic diseases.

Experts at the City College of New York found that fox bats originated in an Indonesian island group called Wallacea. Fox bats fly up to 60kilometers a night in search of food, and the distance between their habitats is hundreds of kilometers.

In the absence of competitors, fox esclose sits often fly to other islands and differentiate into different species. The island is therefore crucial to the evolution and preservation of this large population of about 65 mammals. But it’s worth noting that fox estota is also important to these islands.

Researchers say island-specific species are often more likely to be endangered than on the mainland, especially in the face of human vandalism. In tropical rainforests, fox esfastic bats are important seed spreaders and pollinators, and forest trees on islands often rely on bats for regeneration. Therefore, fox bats also need to be relocated to develop management plans to fully protect them.

The world's largest bat is on the brink of extinction and widely hunted by humans.