We're pleased to announce you can now visit our colony of little red flying foxes in the Australian aviary!

These tree dwelling bats are from the largest bat family in the world – they’re even called megabats! Like bees, these bats are great pollinators and play a critical role in dispersing seeds throughout the Australian forest. 

Flying foxes are excellent at flying but also at climbing, using their feet and jointed thumbs to move about the forest canopy.

Our bats are sharing their aviary with Aussie birds like the red-tailed black cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet and Captain our cheeky sulphur-crested cockatoo. Catch our free keeper talks in the aviary at 2pm every day to learn more about these unique species.

Flying Fox Facts:

  1. These bats belong to the megabat suborder, Megachiroptera, and are the largest bats in the world. The oldest fossils found for this order are 35 million years old!
  2. Flying foxes are vegetarian and only feed on nectar, blossoms, pollen and fruit. They do not possess echolocation - which is the tool that smaller bats use to be able to locate and catch insects in flight. 
  3. Flying foxes play an important role in the forest as pollinators and as due to their diet and the migratory distances they travel they are able to regenerate plants and trees through seed dispersal. The Australian eucalyptus tree is one of the plant species that relies heavily on these bats to survive. 
  4. Australia has four mainland species of flying fox: Black, Grey headed, Spectacled and Little Red. Flying foxes across Queensland, NSW and Victoria are in decline. Both the Grey-headed flying fox and Spectacled flying fox have declined by at least 95% in the past century.