Straw-Colored Fruit Bat

Scientific Name: 
Eidolon helvum (EYE-doe-lon HEL-vum)
Bat Habitat Range
Southwestern Arabian Peninsula, and from Senegal to central Ethiopia to S. Africa, and the islands of Gulf of Guinea off East Africa.
Tropical forests & savannas, also in urban areas where there is sufficient trees and food.
Length:14-20 cm (5.5-8 in); weight: 230-350g (8-12 oz); Wingspan: 0.9m (about 3 ft)
Average is 15 years, longest known captive animal was 21 years 10 months.
Juice of fruits and plant parts including leaves, bark, flowers, pollen and nectar.
Females have one pup per year. In the wild the reproductive cycle is geared to the beginning of the wet season. Actual period of embryonic development is 4 months, though gestation including delayed implantation averages 9 months.
Straw-colored fruit bats can migrate up to 2,500 km round trip (over 1,500 miles).
Named for its straw-colored pelage, males have a golden fur around their necks.
They are very social bats that prefer to roost in tall trees but have been found in lofts and in caves. They can be found in enormous colonies, where population numbers permit several thousand individuals to 1,000,000.
Conservation Status: 
Considered stable at this time.
At OBC: 
All the Straw-colored fruit bats at the Organization for Bat Conservation were either born at OBCor came from AZA accredited institutions.

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