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Straw-coloured Fruit Bat

Eidolon helvum


They are commonly known as the fruit bats or flying foxes among other colloquial names. Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution.


They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, islands off East Africa (but not mainland Africa), and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.


This bat was victim to humanity's evil side. Stopped with a big group of reptiles and other exotic creatures at JHB airport. He is on display in Stellenbosch Western Cape temporarily. Hope they can find him a lift home! Fruit Bat:

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AfriBats 8 years ago
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Eidolon helvum · Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)

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Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Thanks Karen! And now part of the Bats of Africa mission! :)

KarenL 8 years ago

Gorgeous spotting by the way!

KarenL 8 years ago

Please consider adding this to the Bats of Africa mission

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Stellenbosch Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Aug 18, 2012

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