A guide will take you to the site and in the mornings rest in the trees during daytime which is a good opportunity to see them. Kidike is also the best excursion to be combined with Ngezi Forest to make a full day. The tour starts in the morning hours.
The Pemba flying fox is a large fruit bat weighing 400 – 650 g (0.9 – 1.4 lb.). Its diet consists of the fruit and flowers of a number of plants. The flying fox can be found in forests, graveyards and mangroves which provide excellent roosting sites.
The Pemba flying fox is very social and has been found in large colonies until recently. The Pemba flying fox is found only on Pemba Island Tanzania. The island was originally forested, but only remnants of the primary forest remain. Estimates of the status of the Pemba flying fox have varied considerably recently. Studies in 1989 suggested a dramatic population decline, with fewer than 100 individuals being seen, and the species was considered to be on the brink of extinction. However, in 1992, surveys indicated a population in the region of 2400-3600, although it was estimated that the population may have declined significantly in the preceding decade.
The Pemba flying fox does not appear near human settlements unless large trees are fruiting. It is the only bat species endemic to an African country. Flying foxes are so-called because of their fox like faces. They cannot use echolocation. Instead, they navigate using vision and normal hearing. Most flying foxes eat fruit and are also called fruit bats. Fruit bats are ecologically and economically important because they pollinate and disperse the seeds of wild and commercial plants.
Pemba Island is home to 4 species of Old World fruit bats (Megachiroptera). However, many villagers are unaware that there is more than one type of bat on the island, which may be a potential source of confusion in assessing the status of the Pemba flying fox.