Celebrate Halloween and watch this video of the Kasanka bat migration. Up to 8 million straw-coloured fruit bats migrate to a clump of riverine forest in Kasanka National Park, Zambia, each year. Satellite telemetry has demonstrated that the bats travel to and from the Congo Basin.
Also check out the following journal articles about the bats:
- Byng, J. W., P. A. Racey, and M. D. Swaine. 2010. The ecological impacts of a migratory bat aggregation on its seasonal roost in Kasanka National Park, Zambia. African Journal of Ecology, 48: 29–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2009.01074.x
- Richter, H. V. and G. S. Cumming. 2008. First application of satellite telemetry to track African straw-coloured fruit bat migration. Journal of Zoology, 275: 172–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00425.x
- Richter, H. V. and G. S. Cumming. 2006. Food availability and annual migration of the straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum). Journal of Zoology, 268: 35–44. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2005.00020.x