The truth about... fruit bats

Livingstone’s fruit bats are only found in the Comoros, off the west coast of Madagascar. As their name suggests they eat a lot of fruit, although they will also eat some leaves and flowers as well.

Fruit bats are not blind, they use their eyes to help them pick out the fruit amongst the leaves of the tree. They also have good hearing and an excellent sense of smell and can smell ripe fruit more than three miles away.

Did you know…
bat wing kids imageBats are mammals just like us? They are also the only mammals who can fly (without an aeroplane!)

The bones of a bats wing are arranged in a similar pattern to the bones in our hands, but by stretching skin between the digits they are able to fly.

Did you know…
Livingstone’s fruit bats have a wingspan of 1.5m making them one of the largest fruit bats in the world

Bats roost in trees, but Livingstone’s fruit bats are struggling because their forest habitat is disappearing.

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Photo courtesy Richard Wainwright

Click here to download the livingstone's fruit bat factsheet.

 

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