The Nightfall nocturnal habitat zone at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour is home to our Ghost Bats.
With their leathery wings, mouse like bodies and nocturnal habits, it's no wonder so many people think Bats are spooky creatures of the night, just waiting to turn into a vampire! By the light of day they are as beautiful as any other animal - Australia's 75 species of bat have some surprises in store, but none of them are frightening!
Bats are the only type of mammal that flies, which is how they found their way to Australia. Bats are split into two groups, Megabats and Microbats. Megabats tend to be larger, feed on fruit and nectar, and include the Fruit bats you can often see in and around Sydney. Microbats love to gobble insects and find their way at night with the help of "echolocation" which means they emit high-pitched sounds and listen for the echoes back with their sensitive ears.
The amazing Ghost Bat is a microbat - and it's well-named with its white-furred belly giving it a ghostly appearance as it glides on nearly see-through wings.