Round-eared-bat (Tonatia bidens) in captivity (Chiroptera: Phyllostomida)
E. L. Esbérard, CarlosS. Nunes, MarianeD. Hammond, Alessandra
Only a few species of bats are maintained at zoos for public exhibition, principally frugivorous species. In Brazil only the RIOZOO Foundation maintains an enclosure with a group of fruit bats (Artibeus lituratus and Artibeus fimbriatus) since 1988, using reversed photoperiod regime. Starting in August of 1997 we opted in trying to maintain other less known species, among these the Round-Eared-Bat (Tonatia bidens) still in facilities off-exhibit using normal photoperiod.