Average 5 years, up to 30 years
40 days to 10 months, depending on species and food availability
|Number of young at birth:||
Usually 1 per year, some species have twins or triplets
|Age of maturity:||
18 to 24 months
Heaviest - flying fox, 3.3 lbs
|Size at birth:||
0.008 to 13 oz, depending on species
Animal ambassador and not usually on exhibit.
- Bats pollinate the world’s fruit producing plants and eat thousands of mosquitoes at night.
- Bats are not blind, although some bats do use echolocation to find their insects and meals
- A mother bat can locate her pup by its scent and sound out of millions in a roost.
- Bats roost upside down, usually in large social groups, in caves, trees and man-made structures.
- All bats live on milk from birth up to six months of age.
- About 70 percent of all bats eat insects.
- Some bats eat fruit, nectar, fish and three species even eat blood.
- Some male bats sing to attract a mate.
- Females only have one baby, called a pup, per year, although some species may have twins or quadruplets.