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Sebas’s Short-Tailed Bat

The Seba’s short-tailed bats feed on dozens of types of fruits as well as pollen and insects they find in their native forests. Here at the Zoo, you might see them eating bananas or drinking a smoothie their keepers prepare for them!


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Carollia perspicillata


Forests in Mexico, Central and South America

Location in the Zoo

John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo

Cool Animal Fact

They eat fruit and insects, serving to keep insect populations down and serving as seed dispersers for native plants.

How We Help Save Them

We provide equipment, salaries and support for bat conservation staff in Rwanda.

  • They fitted 16 GPS monitors on straw-colored fruit bats to better monitor and understand their movements in 2019
  • 4 bat houses were built to provide safe, alternative roosting sites for bats in Africa