Animal of the Month : October 2018
Bats have been the subject of many superstitions and horror stories. They are one of the most numerous mammals in the world. In England, bats are more often heard than seen as their high pitched chirps fill the night air on their ceaseless search for flying insects.
In the tropics, bats fill a different niche. Fruit Bats, or Flying Foxes, have lost their need for speed as fruit generally requires a lot less energy to catch than moths! Some of these species are active in daylight as they fly from their roosts to fruiting trees. The species we have at the Park, the Rodrigues Fruit Bat (on show in the Tropical House), the Egyptian Fruit Bats and much smaller Seba’s short tailed Bats (in the nocturnal Bat House) are all lovers of fruit. Keepers must beware of anything falling from above, it’s unlikely to be fruit!
You can get face to face with these fascinating creatures in our “Bat Encounter”.