Fruit Bat Forest

Fruit bat eating watermelon in Fruit Bat Forest

Fruit bat forest is home to our colony of critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bats. In the wild these animals are only found on Rodrigues, a tiny island (about 70 times the size of Regent's Park) in the middle of the ocean.

Fruit Bat

A survey of the island in 1974 suggested there were fewer than 100 bats left. The devastation of their forest by humans and by cyclones had taken them a hair's breadth from extinction.

ZSL London Zoo is proud to be part of an international zoo breeding programme and, along with conservation work on Rodrigues, these projects are enabling both captive and wild bat populations to increase.

 

Fruit Bat

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