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Destination unknown for botanic flying foxes

June 05, 2012

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney has begun its program to evict hundreds of flying foxes from its grounds, but admits it has no idea exactly where the mammals will end up.

Loud noise boomed through the gardens at sunset last night to discourage the fruit bats from roosting in its trees.

The gardens' flying fox wildlife manager, John Martin, says the evictions were essential to save heritage trees.

He says the animals did not appear to be badly affected.

"From my observations the flying foxes were mildly agitated if agitated at all and this is going to be a sustained program over a number of weeks if not months to try and deter them from roosting," Mr Martin said.

He says the flying foxes will find new homes off their own bat.

"The flying foxes in the Sydney region here, there's over 15 colonies in the eastern Sydney region there's a few additional ones in the west of Sydney and so they'll move to colonies both within the Sydney region and across the country," Mr Martin said.
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