Area of zoo
Enclosure status
Population in the wild
IUCN status
Scientific name
Pteropus rodricensis
Mauritius, Rodrgiues island

Rodrigues fruit bat facts

  • Fruit bats are also known as 'flying foxes' because of their long, dog-like faces. They are not related though - they are 100% bat.
  • They molt once a year.
  • The Rodrigues Fruit Bat has 34 teeth.
Rodrigues fruit bat Rainforest Life at London Zoo eating fruit upside down
Rodrigues Fruit Bat hanging upside down eating sweetcorn at London Zoo

What do Rodrigues fruit bats eat?

Fruit (of course) but also flowers pollen and nectar. They feed at night, using their big eyes and super sense of smell to find food.

Rodrigues fruit bat habitat 

Rodrigues Fruit Bats are found forested areas, and can also be seen roosting in remaining patches of both primary and secondary forest.

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Where do Rodrigues fruit bats live?

 In the wild these animals are only found on Rodrigues, a tiny island (about 70 times the size of Regent's Park) in the middle of the ocean.

Rodrigues fruit bat threats

The devastation of their forest by humans and by cyclones had taken them a hair's breadth from extinction.

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