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 cat. 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. At night the volume is turned on at the toy box cam so you can hear the fruit bats vocalizing as well as toys (babble balls) making funny noises. The fruit bats usually become active about 7 to 8pm CST during the summer and 6 to 7pm during the winter.
Fruit Bat Toy Box (above)
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, a mango net and salad buckets are in view. Treat time (mango, lettuce & cubed melon) occurs between 7:00 to 9:00 every evening. Note: Treat time varies depending on the number of rescues we’ve received and cared for that day.
Fruit Bats’ Feeding Tree (above)
This view shows the “feeding tree” where juice bottles, romaine lettuce, treat cups, treat 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 African fruit bats usually gather under the tree first every evening. Egyptian fruit bats, Jamaican fruit bats and short-tailed fruit bats will also be seen at the troughs throughout the night.
Fruit Bat’s Roosting Area (above)
This is one of two roosting areas used by the fruit bats during the day. There are hammocks and plush vines to cling from as well as roosting curtains to hide behind. A sweet potato kabob and juice bottles are also available. Several elderly Egyptian fruit bat ladies sometimes like to crowd into the fabric hammock to sleep, and tiny short-tailed fruit bats will often be seen hanging in front of the camera. This camera is always in night vision.
Fruit Bat’s Semi-Outdoor Flight Area (above)
The semi-outdoor flight area is enclosed inside a large bay that has two 14′ doors facing the backyard and the woods beyond that. Security bars and zoomesh guard the bay doors from predators and insects while allowing the bats to enjoy the nighttime sounds and air in complete safety. Several skylights above the flight area allow natural light inside. During the winter the large bay doors are closed and an industrial heater is used to heat the bay so the bats can enjoy this space year-round. The camera faces the door where the bats fly in and out from their indoor flight area. This cam shows a salad bucket, a mango net, and other fruits strung on the rope.
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. They often appear during the day to have a “midnight snack.”
The Insect Bat Cave (1 camera, above)
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. (Note: There are actually five feeding dishes, only two are in view.)
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Wildlife Cam! Please enjoy watching the birds, squirrels aka “squirrbles”, raccoons and opossums that come to snack and get fresh water outside of Bat World Sanctuary.