Egyptian fruit bat

Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus aegyptiacus

ClassMammalia
OrderChiroptera
FamilyPteropodidae
Size12–19cm wing span
Weight80–170g
Gestationabout 4 months
Birth1
Life-spanup to 25 years in zoos
Diet
frugivorous (fruits, flowers, pollen...)

Habitat
savannah, forest, caves, ruins...

Range
west, south and east Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Arabian Peninsula, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus


This species lives in colonies of up to several thousand bats. During the day, Egyptian fruit bats rest in dark caves or ruins, or sometimes in trees. At the end of the afternoon they head out in search of ripe fruit, their favourite food.
 
Their vision and sense of smell are extremely strong. To find their way in the dark, they use both sight and echo-location (making clicking sounds with their tongue).
 
Egyptian fruit bats are killed for their meat or because they destroy crops, but they are not endangered for the moment given their large range and high numbers.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo