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Egyptian Fruit Bat

Rousettus aegyptiacus

All bats belong to the order ‘Chiroptera’ meaning ‘hand wing’. The Egyptian fruit bat is a fairly large bat with a wingspan of up to 60cm.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Length 11 – 19cm
Weight: 80 – 170g

habitat

Habitat

This bat is found throughout Africa, southwest to Asia, in a range of habitats. They roost in caves, but may also use mines, ruins or wells.

diet

Diet

The Egyptian fruit bat feeds on soft fruit, flowers and occasionally leaves. It is an important pollinator and seed distributor.

behaviour

Breeding

Females give birth to a single young, rarely twins, after a pregnancy of 4 months. The young cling to their mothers, not taking their first flight until around 9 weeks of age!

threat

Conservation

The Egyptian fruit bat is not believed to be endangered due to a large population and distribution, however they are threatened in some areas due to hunting for food and persecution as a pest.

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