Bat like all other bats, are found
in the Order Chiroptera. These are some of my all
time favorite and intriguing animals, and David and I are both
have had the opportunity to work with them. Some of the larger
Pteropus Fruit Bats are also known by the name Flying
Fox or even confused with the Colugo the
Flying Lemur (not a true
lemur or a primate). The reason for this comparison is quite
obvious after 1st glance at Pictures of Fruit Bats.
Fruit Bats have highly elongated noses packed full of highly
olfactory cells or smelling cells due to their
diet of fruit. Their faces look extremely similar to that of
Lemur) and that of the Red Fox.
Fruit Bats are magnificent animals
and the large “Flying Foxes” pose a mystery to
science. There was an article published in the “Journal
of Australian Primatology” years
ago hypothesizing that the Flying Fox may actually be a flying
primate. This theory has tremendous impact, as there has
never been any Fossilized Primate recovered to date indicating
existence. This may also support the name “Flying
lemurs are classified as a True Primate. Anyhow, the author
mentioned the fact that the bats had tremendous similarities
to primates especially the Flying Foxes. He supported his theory
by mentioning the fact that the Optic nerve of these bats crossed
brain hemispheres, so the left optic nerve crossed to the right
hemisphere and vice versa. This combined with the structure
of a bat's hand make a compelling argument! So one day some
species of Fruit Bat may be reclassified from the Worlds’ only
Flying Mammal to the Worlds’ only Flying
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Fruit Bats as well as all species
of bat are extremely important to nature and man, and deserve
protection to our highest capacity.
Fruit Bats are exclusively responsible for the flower
pollination of numerous plants and
the majority of Night Blooming Flowers including the protected
Giant Cactus. In fact, countries that
have attempted to exterminate their Fruit Bats have had entire
crops destroyed as a result, which in some cases caused famine.
Now I know what allot of you are thinking? “If Fruit
Bats eat fruit, how can killing them be bad for crops”?
The reason is simple; Fruit Bats primarily eat over ripe fruit.
Once the “Over Ripe Fruit” started to accumulate,
so did the fruit flies and other crop damaging insects.
Unlike their famed counterpart, the
the Fruit Bat is purely a vegetarian. They are found in a
habitats and range in size from very small to extremely large
with a 6 foot + wingspan. Although the Sanctuary does not currently
care for any Fruit Bats at this time, we do invite you to view
the Sanctuary’s numerous WEB CAMS placed
in the large naturally enriching habitats. Get to know each
of the Sanctuary’s
resident White Tigers personally, and then hop directly into
one of the lemur habitats. David and I are both confident that
you will not only fall in love with the Sanctuary’s residents,
but will gain a better interest in their conservation and protection
in the wild. Remember, “BEFORE
YOU CAN SAVE THE ANIMAL, YOU MUST 1st SAVE ITS WILD HABITAT”,
(John Jones – Florida’s
Wild Future DVD).
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