Here some news which I adored as it is about Tanner, a Rodrigues Fruit Bat, one of his kind whose predecessors in 1976 were originally taken by Gerald Durrell to his zoo in Jersey in order to safeguard the survival of the species. In these times, not more than 130 individuals could be found on the island and extinction seemed nearly inevitable considering that just one cyclone can wipe out such a tiny population.
Aber nun zu Tanner, 1986 im Philadelphia Zoo geboren, feierte er unlängst im Dezember seinen 23. Geburtstag, was ihn zu dem ältesten seiner Art in Menschenhand macht, die älteste Vertreterin war vor kurzem 23 jährig im Brookfield Zoo gestorben. In der Natur können Flughunde bis zu 20 Jahre alt werden. Tanner war nach einer Flügelverletzung zum Cranbrook Zentrum von OBC (Organization for Bat Conservation) in Bloomfield, Michigan gekommen, wo er mit anderen Flughunden nicht nur eine neue Heimat fand, sondern auch als Botschafter seiner Art bei einer ganzen Reihe von Öffentlichkeitsversanstaltungen eingesetzt wird, in denen über Fledermäuse und Flughunde und deren Lebensräume aufgeklärt wird.-
Raymond Holt/Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC)
Oldest bat has swingin’ birthday soiree Tanner, a senior citizen among his kind, celebrates the big 2-3
Tanner the golden bat, the oldest of his kind in captivity, will celebrate his 23rd birthday by hanging around and chomping on a few pieces of papaya, mango and melon.
Officials marked the occasion Friday at the Cranbrook Institute, Bloomfield , Michigan.
"He's in good health. He's retired," Organization for Bat Conservation director Rob Mies said.By his species' standards Tanner is a senior citizen.
Only about 4,000 of the large, fruit-eating bats still live on tiny Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean. They live about 20 years in the wild, Mies said.
Tanner had been the second oldest of the 1,000 or so golden bats in captivity until a few months ago when a 23-year-old female died at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. He's also three years older than others in captivity.
Their ages are confirmed because each of the captive bats are registered worldwide, Mies said.
Called golden because of their reddish-blond fur, Tanner and his ilk also are known as golden flying foxes and are among the largest bats in the world.
Tanner has a 4-foot (1.22-meter) wingspan and weighs about a pound, but no longer flies due to a wing injury.
The nonprofit Organization for Bat Conservation researches and educates the public about bats. Its Bat Zone at Cranbrook is home to more than 100 bats from around the world.Source & photo credits:
-Oldest bat has swingin’ birthday soiree/MSM AP 29.12.2008
-Rodrigues Fruitbat hits 23/Another Chance To See 24.01.2009