Can we protect island flying foxes?

  title={Can we protect island flying foxes?},
  author={Christian Ernest Vincenot and François Benjamin Vincent Florens and Tigga Kingston},
  pages={1368 - 1370}
Flying foxes play key ecological roles on tropical islands, yet face rising threats. Flying foxes provide critical ecosystem services by pollinating and disseminating diverse plant species. Yet, they face intensifying threats, particularly on islands. The situation is epitomized by the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. In December 2016, the Mauritian government implemented the second mass cull of a threatened, endemic flying fox species, Pteropus niger (see the left photo), in 2 years… 

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