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Egyptian fruit bats

In the Wild:

Egyptian fruit bats are nocturnal. They spend their days roosting in trees or caves, with large groups of other bats, numbering in the thousands. They emerge from the roost to forage for food late evening & return just before dawn. They hang upside down, with their wings folded closely around their body. Bats use echo-location, which they accomplish by emitting a series of sharp clicks with their tongue. The clicks are normally slow & constant, & speed up when they approach an object.

Conservation Status:

The fruit bat is an important seed dispersers for many plants. The baobab tree exclusively relies on bats to pollinate its flowers. Persecuation due to crop raiding is a threat.

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Quick Facts

  • Lifespan: Up to 22 years
  • Distribution: Discovered in Egypt in 1810 roosting in the pyramids of Giza. Now found in the Middle East, Sahara, Africa, Turkey, Cyprus & Pakistan
  • Habitat: Sub-tropical & warm temperate rainforests
  • Gestation: 115 – 120 days
  • Diet: FRUGIVORE: Fruit

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What are people saying...

I am writing on behalf of all at South Cambridgeshire Branch of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children to thank you for allowing our new group of children to visit Shepreth Wildlife Park yesterday.

Our chaperones for the day said how helpful your staff were in every way and that they spent a lot of time with the children showing them how to handle the animals and playing interactive games with them.

We really appreciate the fact that you have supported us every year for the last five years and twice this year, allowing both our summer group and autumn group to visit. In times of financial uncertainty it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to raise funds and so we really appreciate being able to not only come to the park and use all of your facilities, free of charge, but also that you provided lunch for the group, drinks and ice creams.

The children also loved the gift bags you gave them.

I visited Belarus in March to help select these children for our new programme and the situations they were all living in were very sad. This really special day and has given the children some lovely memories to take home with them. I know they will be looking forward to their visit next year.

Once again, thank you all so much for your support.

Vanessa Cross