Egyptian Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: 
Rousettus aegyptiacus (roh-ZET-us ah-GEPT-ee-dus)
Bat Habitat Range
Range: 
From Turkey and Cyprus to Pakistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, & most of Africa south of the Sahara.
Habitat: 
Variety of habitats from topical rainforests to deciduous forsts.
Size: 
Length:11.4-12.7cm (4.5-5 in); weight: 80 to 170g (3-6 oz.); Wingspan: 60 cm (about 2 feet)
Lifespan: 
May live up to 23 years
Diet: 
Wide variety of soft, very ripe fruits, buds, and young leaves, as well as nectar and pollen.
Reproduction: 
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.
Behavior: 
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.

Printable Information: 
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