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ABOUT THE FRUIT BATS
The fruit bats you will see have been rescued from the exotic pet trade, research, and retired from zoos. Many of these bats have had terrible lives before finding sanctuary with us. Some of the bats came from people who purchased them as pets and then realized they were ill-equipped to care for them (we commend these people for doing the right thing). The bats range in sizes from a body of 2 inches long with a wingspan of 6″ to a body about the size of a small squirrel. Night time footage will be in night vision, which makes the bats’ eyes and other objects glow. During the day the cameras are under normal lighting so “maid service” can occur. Volume is turned on at night so you can hear the fruit bats vocalizing as well as the toys (babble balls) making funny noises. The fruit bats usually become active about 6 to 7pm CST. 

Fruit Bat Toy Box (above)
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This view shows the fruit bats’ toy box as well as toys that the bats like to hang from and play with. A sweet potato kabob is on the left and a “salad buckets” are on the right. Treat time (lettuce & cubed melon) occurs between 7:00 to 9:00 every evening. Treat time varies depending on the number of rescues we’ve received in that day and the care they might need before the fruit bats receive their treats. Click here to view the toy box cam full screen.

Fruit Bats’ Feeding Tree (above)
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This view shows the “feeding tree” where juice bottles, treat cups, foraging puzzles and troughs of fresh cubed fruit are hung. The fruit mixture contains apples, pears, melon, berries & banana and assorted tropical fruit. A group of elderly Egyptian fruit bats like to gather under the tree every evening. African fruit bats, Jamaican fruit bats and short-tailed fruit bats may also be seen foraging. Click here to view the feeding tree cam full screen.

Fruit Bat’s Roosting Area (above)
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This is one of two roosting areas used by the fruit bats during the day. There are hammocks and soft vines to cling from as well as roosting curtains to hide behind. A sweet potato kabob is also available. Several elderly Egyptian fruit bat ladies like to crowd into the fabric cube to sleep. This camera is always in night vision. Click here to view the roosting cam full screen.

Fruit Bat’s Semi-Outdoor Flight Area (above)
The semi-outdoor flight area is available to the bats about 10 months out of the year. This area is enclosed in a bay with two 14′ doors that open to the backyard and the woods beyond that. Security bars and zoomesh guard the bay area from predators and insects while allowing the bats to enjoy the night in complete safety. Several skylights also allow natural light inside. The camera faces the back of the flight area and the door where the bats are allowed to fly in and out from their indoor flight area (if the doors are closed at night then it is too cold for the bats to go outside). The floor is lined with disposable plastic which makes cleaning the enclosure much easier. Click here to view the outdoor flight full screen.

ABOUT THE INSECT BATS
The insectivorous bats you will see are all adult micro bats (free-tails, big browns and myotis bats) ranging from 1″ to 2″ in length. These bats are not releasable due to wing injuries or other handicaps.  The bats will wake and come out to eat, cluster together and vigorously groom about 8 to 9pm CST.

The Insect Bat Cave (1 camera, above)
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The camera is facing the back corner of a miniature cave where the insect-eating bats live. Simulated rock ledges provide enrichment and also hold food (mealworms). Occasionally a worm will escape and can be seen crawling along the wall or ceiling.  This camera is always in night vision.  Click here to view the insect bat cam full screen.

The Pallid Bat’s Roost (1 camera, above – turned off during the day)
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The camera is facing a corner on the opposite end of the flight enclosure from the Insect Bat’s Cave. Simulated rock ledges provide enrichment and also hold food (mealworms & crickets). Occasionally a worm or cricket will escape and can be seen crawling along the wall.  This camera is always in night vision.  Click here to view the pallid bat roost full screen.

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