Happy International Bat Night!

Here are just a few of our nocturnal friends from the museum’s collections.

Bat Facts

Did you know that there are around 1,240 bat species, representing around 20% of all mammal species worldwide? 

About 70% of bat species are insectivores (insect eaters) and most of the rest are frugivores (fruit eaters). 

Bats perform the vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds, with many tropical plant species depending entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds.