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First, we need them to show that what is wrong way up for some is right way up for others. Then, we need them because without them our forests would sicken and die.

Many Australian hardwood trees are sensitive to inbreeding. For healthy propagation they need to be fertilised by creatures that travel great distances during their feeding, as flying foxes do. And the trees release their nectar at night, neatly organised, when flying foxes feed. Birds and insects do not have long-range ability in spreading pollen, and smaller creatures are less able to spread seed over long distances than are large flying mammals.

Flying foxes services become more and more valuable as we clear more and more forest, leaving only far- scattered pockets. Flying foxes are necessary to connect up these remnants.

In fact we must have flying foxes in large numbers. To make them do their forest work there must be so many that competition forces them to travel widely, pollinating and spreading seed as they feed.

When dealing with difficulties that arise from the presence of flying foxes it must be kept in mind that flying foxes are essential animals in this part of Australia, doing essential forest work that we would not be able to do ourselves even with expenditure of millions of dollars.  Without flying foxes we would not have forests as we know them, and would lose commercial hardwood varieties of trees in particular.  But we would lose more than the forests.  We would also lose the animals that depend on these forests, such as koalas and countless other species

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