A flying fox is a small cable car, often propelled by gravity, and used as an item of children’s play equipment and more rarely for other purposes. The term flying fox is Australian English and New Zealand English. In other countries, it is also known as a zip-line or zip-wire. The toy should not be confused with a foxtail (or fox tail), which is a children’s toy consisting of a ball with a rope attached to it, allowing it to be thrown like a sling.
A flying fox is a common way to return participants to the ground at the end of a ropes adventure course. Out in the Australian Outback, in the past, flying foxes were occasionally used for delivering food, cigarettes or tools to people working on the other side of an obstacle, such as a gully or river. Australian troops have used them to deliver food, mail and ammunition to forward positions in several conflicts.