Egyptian Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: 
Rousettus aegyptiacus (roh-ZET-us ah-GEPT-ee-dus)
Bat Habitat Range
From Turkey and Cyprus to Pakistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, & most of Africa south of the Sahara.
Variety of habitats from topical rainforests to deciduous forsts.
Length:11.4-12.7cm (4.5-5 in); weight: 80 to 170g (3-6 oz.); Wingspan: 60 cm (about 2 feet)
May live up to 23 years
Wide variety of soft, very ripe fruits, buds, and young leaves, as well as nectar and pollen.
Most populations appear to have two breeding seasons. Gestation lasts about 4 months, usually only a single young is born. Babies are about 3 months old before they learn to fly on their own.
Of Special Interest: 
Egyptian fruit bats are the only Megachiroptera that possess a simple echolocation mechanism. Although they primarily use their vision to navigate, they also use echolocation to find their way when roosting in caves, dark ruins or tunnels.
Highly social, roosting bats hang in tightly packed groups of both sexes and all ages. Colonies may be as small as 20-40 individuals or as large as several thousand. Roosts include near the openings of caves, ruins, wells and tunnels, but also trees, rock crevices.
Conservation Status: 
Considered stable at this time.
At OBC: 
OBC animals were either born here or came from AZA accredited institutions.

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