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Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bats are found across the non forested areas of Central Africa, distributed from Senegal and Mali to Ethiopia and also south to eastern South Africa. They roost in small groups in trees and are most common along the edges woodlands. (The trees are more widely spaced in a woodland than in a forest).
This species of bat eats figs, mangoes, guavas and bananas. They also like to suck nectar from some large flowers. Like most other fruit bats, it does not echolocate; instead, it finds food primarily using its sense of smell, following the scent of ripe fruits through the dark. The bats large eyes allow it to see well in the darkness so it can avoid obstacles while in the air.
Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bats live in mix-sexed groups, Males mate with several females during both the spring and autumn breeding seasons. Pups are nursed by other females in the roosting group, most of which are probably the pup’s aunts. In most bat species, mothers must leave their pups in the roost when they go to feed, but the pups of this species come along for the ride, clinging to their mothers chest as she flies.
Habitat: Woodland and savannah
Food: Fruits, such as banana, guava, figs and mangoes. Also feeds on nectar
Life Span: 20 Years
Breeding: 2 litters born each year