RISE
Volume 34 No. 1 – January-June 2022
Golden – Capped Fruit Bat

This issue features one of the Philippine megabats, and the heaviest among the world’s bats – the Golden-capped fruit bat (Acerodon jubatus Eschscholtz). This bat species is endemic and can be found throughout the country except in Palawan and other island provinces such as Batanes and Babuyan Island.

Due to habitat loss, hunting, and roosting area disturbance, the species has been declining its population trend and is regarded as threatened species. It is categorized as endangered species in the IUCN RedList of threatened species while DENR Administrative Order no. 2019-09, known as “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories,” listed A. jubatus as critically endangered. On the other hand, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) included Golden-capped fruit bat in its Appendix I.

The species protection and conservation are covered by Republic Act no. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.