There have been two amazing new additions to the Naturally Wild Swap Shop!

Thanks to the generous funding of the Junior League of Houston, we now have replicas of a flying fox bat skeleton and of a pygmy sperm whale skeleton!

Flying Fox Bat Skeleton Replica

Flying Fox Bat Skeleton Replica

Flying fox bats belong to the megabat suborder and are the largest bats in the world.  They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, India, Australia, East Africa and a number of remote oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.  At least 60 species are in this genus.  These bats feed on fruit and nectar.  They do not use ecolocation as the smaller microbats use.  The microbats use ecolocation to locate and catch flying insects in mid air.

The pygmy sperm whale is a small member of the toothed whale group.  They can reach up to 11.5 feet in length and range from

Pygmy Sperm Whale Skeleton Replica

Pygmy Sperm Whale Skeleton Replica

700 to 1,000 pounds in weight.  These whales are indeed dwarfed by the full size sperm whale which can reach 49-59 feet.  They can be found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide.  Their diet consists of items such as squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp and fish.  They have an unusual ability referred to as the “squid tactic”.  They can eject over 3 gallons of a viscous dark liquid when they feel threatened or when trying to evade predators.

Be sure to stop by the shop the next time you are at the zoo and check out these newest additions.

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One Response to “What’s New In The Naturally Wild Swap Shop?”

  1. Diane Kendall says:

    How cool are those! I saw flying fox bats when I was in Sydney Australia downtown in a city park.

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