Image: Christian Ziegler, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

How fruit bats migrate with the green wave

Why are volunteers standing under trees at 17 sites in sub-Saharan Africa for months, counting bats? And how is it that fruit bats transport plant seeds over thousands of kilometres?

The photo report in our online magazine (with images by GEO and National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler) includes new scientific findings about the migratory behaviour of the ecologically underestimated fruit bats, which migrate along the "green wave" and are probably one of the most unusual plant pollinators in Africa: To the photo report