Giant Fruit Bat (Indian Flying Fox)

Pteropus giganteus

The giant fruit bat roosts in large colonies, up to 1,000 individuals, during the day. Just after sunset, it heads out to forage for ripe fruits such as figs and mangos and blooming flowers. As the bat feeds and flies throughout the forest, it pollinates and disperses seeds, helping to regenerate plant growth in the ecosystem.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: Up to 1 ft
weightWeight: 2 to 3 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 to 31 yrs
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest and wetland
dietDiet: Primarily fruit and flowers (juice & nectar), some insects