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Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat

Afrikaans name:

Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat at Skukuza Camp in Kruger National Park

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Epomophorus wahlbergi

The Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat is a large bat and, as it name implies, it predominantly eats fruit. It feeds off trees such as Sycamore Figs and Jackal-berry but it also does eat some insects.

These bats spend their days in large trees or thick bush and, sometimes, under roofs of man-made structures. If you visit Skukuza Camp, in Kruger National Park, you may see them hanging from the roof above you while you eat outside.

These bats may be found in large numbers where there is an abundance of fruit.

During November and December females give birth to a single young.

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References and further reading

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 50

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 48

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 48

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 32

Flying Mammals - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Year Published: 2021 - Page: 7

Flying Mammals - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Year Published: 2021 - Page: 11

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 16

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 420

List of South African Mammals

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