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Flying Foxes at Centennial Parklands

Large numbers of grey-headed flying-foxes, also known as fruit bats, have been roosting within Lachlan Swamp in Centennial Parklands in Sydney since early 2010. Before 2010 the bats visited the park for food but did not have a camp here. In 2013 some bats joined the colony from the Royal Botanic Gardens and since then the colony has grown as competition for habitat becomes more challenging. A small number of black flying-foxes also roost within Lachlan Swamp. Around sunset each night they fly out of the swamp to feed on nectar, blossom and fruit such as figs and gum tree flowers. 

Explore the features of these flying mammals with their specially adapted wings, sense of smell and nocturnal behaviours. Discover their habitat at Centennial Parklands and their role in pollination and ecosystem health.

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Stage 1 Science and Technology

ST1-4LW-S describes observable features of living things and their environments

Inquiry questions

  • What are the external features of flying foxes?
  • ​Where do flying foxes live and how does the environment meet their needs?

Stage 2 Science and technology 

ST2-1WS-S questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations 
ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things 

Inquiry questions

  • What are the external features of flying foxes?
  • How do flying foxes depend on the environment to survive?

Stage 3 Science and technology 

Living world

ST3-1WS-S plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
ST3-4LW-S examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things 

Inquiry questions

  • How do the structural and behavioural features of flying foxes support their survival?
  • How do the physical conditions affect the survival of flying foxes?
  • How do flying foxes contribute to biodiversity and the health of ecosystems?