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http://www.houstonzoo.org Have you heard the call of our fruit bats? Get a close up look at the bats in our Natural Encounters exhibit. The Straw-colored fruit bat is named for their silky yellow or straw colored pelage. It is the most widely distributed of all the African fruit bats and can be found from the southwestern Arabian Peninsula down through the central African forest and savannah regions. Straw-colored fruit bats are a very social species and roost in large colonies. These bats find food by sight as well as smell. Their diets consist of fruits, leaves, nectar, flowers, and is known to chew into soft wood to obtain moisture. Because they eat fruits and flowers, they play a very important role in pollination and seed dispersal of the forests.