Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Pteropus rodricensis

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Quick Facts
Body Length:
6" to 8"; wingspan: 2.5' to 3'
Wild diet: Fruit and fruit juice, pollen and nectar; mangoes, figs, and tamarind pods
Zoo Diet: Mixture of chopped fruits and vegetables, high-protein/high-fiber dry monkey chow with vitamins and minerals added
Distribution: Island of Rodrigues in the western Indian Ocean (about 1,000 miles east of Madagascar)
Habitat: Rain-forest trees (primary and secondary forest)

Their wingspan is up to 3'. Males are slightly larger than females. Their coloration varies and includes black, silver, yellow, orange, and red. They have fox-like faces, large eyes, and large, widely spaced ears. They have no tail and a large thumb for climbing.

Status in the Wild

They are critically endangered in the wild. They are endemic to the island of Rodrigues, where the population is threatened by habitat loss and by severe storms. They are no longer found on the island of Mauritius.

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