WAHLBERG’S EPAULETTED FRUIT BAT
The Wahlberg’s Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi) is a species of megabat or “flying fox”. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and moist savanna.
It weighs two and a half to four ounces. Epaulette refers to patches of fur on the shoulders. In this species it the epaulettes are present only on the male and are white. Both sexes have white patches at the base of the ears. It is thought these white patches may work as a sort of camouflage, breaking up the animal’s outline when seen from the ground through dappled foliage.
Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bats sleep during the day in trees. There may be many near each other but they aren’t necessarily in a group. However, they will form groups at trees with ripe fruit to eat. They’ll spend many days at the same tree, often until it’s completely rid of fruit. It is believed that Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bats may keep track of when a tree’s fruit will become ripe. It is mostly nocturnal but has been seen on occasion flying during the daytime.
Baby Flying Foxes
Fruit Bat at Sunset