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Aug 16, 2013

Livingstone's Fruit Bat - Husbandry and Breeding

Bristol Zoo's endangered Livingsonte's fruit bats

A colony of seven (2.5) endangered Livingstone's fruit bats were imported from Durrell on 1st April 1998.

 The first birth took place in January 1999. In all 30 births have occurred up to 15.07.10 of which 23 survived. Enclosure modifications have taken place to improve the well-being of the bats including enlarging the outdoor enclosure to encourage exercise and flight and diet has been managed to control weight. Regular weighing takes place.

All the bats have a microchip to aid identification and research has included investigating diet and taking wing biopsies for DNA analysis. Exchange of breeding males has taken place with Durrell when required to maintain genetic diversity and surplus males have been relocated to two other EAZA zoos in Chester and Zurich.

The exhibit is linked to an in situ conservation project in the Comoro Islands and there is appropriate information on the enclosure to explain the link to zoo visitors.  

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