Author(s): Vivien Jones (University of Leeds)
The grey-headed flying fox, or Pteropus poliocephalus, is an Australian native mammal that does not live in the wild in any other country of the world. While flying foxes share many features with primates, they are members of the Order Chiroptera (bats). This very readable book is a brilliant photographic essay of the amazing and amusing grey-headed flying fox. Filled with information that is often little-known, it includes over 200 photographs that reveal the flying fox's life cycle from birth to old age, as well as its feeding habits, intelligence, individuality, and quirks. The grey-headed flying fox plays a key part in maintaining the health of the forests along Australia's east coast. Along with three closely related species, the flying fox is crucial to the regeneration of Australia's native hardwood forests and rainforests, acting as a pollinator and disperser of seeds as it feeds. Author and photographer Vivien Jones has a deep affection for this threatened species and has spent over 20 years studying the grey-headed flying fox in the wild. Jones is recognized for her detailed knowledge and experience by scientists specializing in flying foxes, and her outstanding photography has appeared in numerous publications.