Is it a bird, is it a plane… No, it’s a flying fox! Yes, you heard us right.
The Green Planet will be introducing the Middle East to an animal never seen here before. The Megabats, commonly known as Malaysian flying foxes, are available to see now at their new home They will be seen flying freely across the enclosed biodome.
The Green Planet is already home to over 3,000 plants and animals across its four indoor rainforest levels. With no signs of stopping their ever-growing animal list, the flying fox will be an interesting addition. They are highly social with fur that glistens in the sun. The flying fox is one of the biggest bat species in the world capable of sustained flight.
These Megabats play an important role in keeping native forests healthy by dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants, with a wingspan of 1.8m or more. The wingspan of the flying foxes arriving at The Green Planet will be up to 1meter and weigh up to 1kg.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently evaluated their species as nearly threatened. With a body length of 27-38cms, they have an average life span of 15 years in the wild. However, under human care, they can live up to 30 years. The Green Planet’s conservation efforts will form part of crucial global work to protect the species
Adding to the six unique zones featuring sloths, piranhas, tropical birds and reptiles, these aerial wonders will be included as part of the single-day experience at the Green Planet Dubai.