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African Straw-colored Fruit Bat
Eidolon helvum
Range: Sub-saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Madagascar
Habitat: Tropical forests, coastal forests, arid regions
Diet: Fruit juices, fruit, soft wood. At the zoo they eat fruit, vegetables and fruit juices.
Fun Facts:
  • These tree-dwelling bats typically ingest the juice of fruit, but discard the fibrous material. They also chew up wood and bark to obtain moisture.
  • They are active during the day but will only feed at night.
  • Bats play an important role in pollination as they frequently visit flowers and fruit and disperse ingested seeds while they fly.
  • Straw-colored fruit bats occur in enormous colonies of 100,000 to 1,000,000 individuals of both sexes.

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