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Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

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Scientific Name:

Pteropus rodricensis


Rodrigues Island, in the Indian Ocean


Fruits, flowers, pollen, nectar, young leaves


Habitat: volcanic terrain, tropical fruit forests , where they nest in trees or caves and rocky shelters.

Gestation:  140-192 days, 1 rarely 2 offspring

Social structure: Social, large groups

Weight: 350g max

Dimensions: length 35cm, 90cm wingspan max

Estimated population in the wild: ~20,000

Lifespan: max 31 Under human care

Threats: Deforestation (esp. of fruit and roosting trees which also serve as protection from storms), tropical cyclones, shooting as pest. In the past, it was also hunted for food.

IUCN Status: Endangered

Did you know that:

  1. Its Latin name comes from the Greek pteron "wing" and pus "foot", thus  "wing-foot". Rodricensis refers to the island where it is native. 
  2. They are crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk) and nocturnal.
  3. They are an important pollinator and disperser of native trees.
  4. In the 1970s after a cyclone, their population was reduced to around 70 animals! In 1976 Durrell zoo brought the first specimens and started a very successful breeding program. Now a thriving population, spread between many zoos worldwide, safeguards the species' future should disaster strike again in the wild. 

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