Egyptian fruit bat
Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus aegyptiacus
Size12–19cm wing span
Gestationabout 4 months
Life-spanup to 25 years in zoos
frugivorous (fruits, flowers, pollen...)
savannah, forest, caves, ruins...
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 evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW