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Black Flying Fox (Pteropus alecto) on Flickr.
The Black Flying fox is one of 4 species of flying fox in Australia. The Black, the Grey Headed, Little Red and Spectacled FLying fox all belong to the genus Pteropus which holds the largest bats in the world.
Jun 14, 2012

Black Flying Fox (Pteropus alecto) on Flickr.

The Black Flying fox is one of 4 species of flying fox in Australia. The Black, the Grey Headed, Little Red and Spectacled FLying fox all belong to the genus Pteropus which holds the largest bats in the world.

On their migration between their feeding grounds in the Antarctic and their breeding grounds in the tropics, male Southern Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) compete in colossal battles, vying for the females attentions in epic mating runs. The males continually slam into each others’ sides, often leaping clear of the water to achieve the hardest blow.
Apr 4, 2012

On their migration between their feeding grounds in the Antarctic and their breeding grounds in the tropics, male Southern Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) compete in colossal battles, vying for the females attentions in epic mating runs. The males continually slam into each others’ sides, often leaping clear of the water to achieve the hardest blow.

Northern Koala - close up. Southern koalas are larger and much darker than their northern Australian counterparts like this one here.
Mar 28, 2012 / 1 note

Northern Koala - close up. Southern koalas are larger and much darker than their northern Australian counterparts like this one here.

Common Name: Koala (not a bear). Latin Name: Phascolarctos cinereus. Distribution: Australian Continent, east and south coasts. Absent from WA and Tasmania. IUCN Status: Least Concern. Habitat and Ecology: Feed and occur almost exclusively on Eucalyptus spp. and are able to persist in sparsely populated forest sometimes even single trees for long periods. They exhibit regional preference for food trees and may live up to 18 years (normal range 10-14years). Threats: Habitat fragmentation since European settlement has led to a diminished original range. This fragmentation leaves Koalas travelling on the ground between forest patches open to danger from traffic strikes and dog predation. This is particularly relevant in the Redlands near Brisbane where numbers have plummeted on the Koala coast. Conservation efforts: Still numerous in protected areas such as hinterlands on the east coast where a high density of Eucalyptus spp. still remain. As yet the National Strategy for Conservation of the Koala is still in draft form. (IUCN Redlist http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/16892/0). 
Feb 10, 2012 / 10 notes

Common Name: Koala (not a bear). Latin Name: Phascolarctos cinereus. Distribution: Australian Continent, east and south coasts. Absent from WA and Tasmania. IUCN Status: Least Concern. Habitat and Ecology: Feed and occur almost exclusively on Eucalyptus spp. and are able to persist in sparsely populated forest sometimes even single trees for long periods. They exhibit regional preference for food trees and may live up to 18 years (normal range 10-14years). Threats: Habitat fragmentation since European settlement has led to a diminished original range. This fragmentation leaves Koalas travelling on the ground between forest patches open to danger from traffic strikes and dog predation. This is particularly relevant in the Redlands near Brisbane where numbers have plummeted on the Koala coast. Conservation efforts: Still numerous in protected areas such as hinterlands on the east coast where a high density of Eucalyptus spp. still remain. As yet the National Strategy for Conservation of the Koala is still in draft form. (IUCN Redlist http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/16892/0). 

The Malayan Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) the most adept of the “flying” mammals, being able to glide up to 150m between trees while searching for young leaves and sap.
Jan 7, 2012 / 9 notes

The Malayan Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus) the most adept of the “flying” mammals, being able to glide up to 150m between trees while searching for young leaves and sap.