Research continues on the four Pteropus (flying-fox) species found on mainland Australia, the Spectacled, Grey-headed, Little Red and Black flying-foxes. This research is aimed at developing a better understanding of flying-fox behaviour, ecology and population trends to inform conservation and management strategies.
One of the largest research projects underway is the National Flying-fox Monitoring Program. This project is a collaboration between the Australian, NSW, Queensland, Victorian, South Australian and ACT governments and the CSIRO. The project leader, Dr David Westcott of CSIRO, lives and works on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns and is an invited member of Council's Flying-fox Advisory Committee.
More information on flying-fox research in Australia can be found at the following links:
- Monitoring flying-fox populations - Australian Government