Rodriguez fruit bat

Rodriguez fruit bat Pteropus rodricensis (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderChiroptera
FamilyPteropodidae
Size90cm wing soan
Weight350g
Gestation4–6 months
Birth1
Life-spanup to 25 years in zoos
Diet
frugivorous (fruit, flowers, nectar, pollen...)

Habitat
rainforest

Range
Rodriguez island in the Indian Ocean


Rodriguez fruit bats are gregarious creatures that live in colonies. Where most bats are nocturnal, this species is mainly active at dawn and dusk.
 
Females give birth to one young after a 4–6-month pregnancy. The baby clings to the mother’s fur with its teeth until it is too heavy to be carried, at about one month of age. It then learns to hang like adults, exploring its close surroundings gradually. It can fly at 2 or 3 months but only becomes independent between 6 and 12 months of age.
 
Rodriguez fruit bats are endemic to Rodriguez island and are among the world’s rarest bats. At the end of the 1970s, their total population fell to just 70 as a result of deforestation and cyclones. In the 1980s their numbers rose again and in 1990 there were an estimated 1000+ bats on the island. Today there are around 4,000 but they remain highly endangered, mainly because of the destruction of their environment by cyclones, depriving them of food and shelter.




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