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Rousettus aegyptiacus (Egyptian Fruit bat)
Distribution: Cyprus, Egypt. Israel, Lebanon. Syria, Turkey.

The genus Rousettus includes 9 species. This bat is very common throughout its range and is well represented in zoological collections across North America. The Egyptian fruit bat is one of the few megachiropteran species to live in caves. The Egyptian fruit bat roosts in the twilight area of caves and as a result has evolved a very primitive form of echolocation. The Egyptian fruit bat has a wingspan of two feet (0.6m) and weighs approximately five ounces (150g). Egyptian fruit bats reach sexual maturity at about 9 months of age and have a gestation period of approximately 120 days after which a single pup is born.

The Egyptian fruit bat's natural food consists of fruits, pollen, nectar and other plant parts. In captivity it is fed a variety of commercially available fruits, vegetables and Lubee's fruit bat supplement.

About the picture, I take it in the Rotterdam Zoo "Blijdorp" and I only crop the picture.

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