Straw-colored Fruit Bat

These bats will eat directly into the fruit of palm trees and have the unusual habit of chewing into the soft wood, probably to get moisture. They occur in colonies of 100,000 to 1,000,000 individuals.


  • Scientific Name: Eidolon helvum
  • Range: Africa and Madagascar
  • Status in the Wild: Threatened
  • Location in the Zoo: Natural Encounters
  • Cool Animal Fact: Although these bats live off fruit, they don’t actually eat it. They suck out the nectar and leave the pulp behind.