Egyptian Fruit Bat

Rousettus aegyptiacus

About Egyptian Fruit Bats

Egyptian fruit bats are classed as megabats due to their large size and can have a wing span of 2’ ft (over 60cm). Their habitat covers many countries across North Africa as they fly through tropical rainforest in search of ripening fruit. They are a strict frugivore (fruit eater) and their voracious appetites unfortunately lead local fruit farmers to label them pests, as they can devour a whole crop in just one night. However destructive they can be to commercial fruit farming, they are an essential part of life in the tropics because of their vital role in pollinating and seed dispersal.

The Fruit Bat Forest

Our bat forest will give you and your family a fantastic opportunity to see these fascinating animals as they fly past you in this walk through experience. For those that may find the excitement all too much, there are large viewing windows where you can watch the fruit bats without walking through. Whether you are walking through or behind glass, this experience is not to be missed on your visit.

Fact Finder

Egyptian fruit bats have wingspans up to 60cm (2′ feet).

They are the only megabats that use a form of echolocation.

The baobab tree relies on fruit bats to pollinate its flowers.

They are frugivores, fruit eaters. They feed on ripe fruits and nectar. In the process of moving from tree to tree, they pollinate the flowers and therefore play a role in the life cycle of the forest.

A very wide distribution that includes scattered areas across Africa, the middle east and as far as northern Pakistan and India.

Due to the wide dispersal of this species, it is difficult to obtain accurate population figures. They are a resilient species that do well with somewhere to shelter and a food source. Their role of pollinating plants and trees is vital for the ecosystems that many other species rely on.

Their voracious appetites unfortunately lead local fruit farmers to label them pests, as they can devour a whole crop in just one night.

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