Egyptian fruit bat in exhibit

Egyptian Fruit Bat

Scientific Name
Rousettus aegyptiacus
Sub-saharan Africa, northern Africa, and the Middle East
Forests, grasslands, and deserts
Estimated Wild Population
Egyptian fruit bat in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Egyptian fruit bats have light-brown bodies, dark brown wings, a long muzzle, and a two-foot wingspan. True to their name, these nocturnal mammals feed almost exclusively on soft fruits, such as dates, apples, and apricots. Female give birth to only one offspring, on average, after a gestation period of 105–120 days. Young bats cling to the female for around three weeks, until they can hang from branches on their own, and begin flying after three months.

Did You Know?

In Africa, Egyptian fruit bat colonies can include up to 9,000 individuals.

Bats of the Rousettus genus, including Egyptian fruit bats, are the only fruit-eating bats that navigate using echolocation.

When these bats fight over roosting spots, females, and food, the scuffle resembles boxing; they strike each other repeatedly with half-open wings.

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