CAPE HORSESHOE BAT – Rhinolophus capensis


Bats facts: The cape horseshoe bat is small to medium in size, with a head and body length of about 2.4 inches (6.2 centimeters). Its fur on the upper side and wings are dark brown, the back is lighter brown and the underside is brown to cream in color. It has the distinctive horseshoe ring around the nose, with a large, wavy triangular leaf extending from the horseshoe up between the eyes.

Geographic range: Cape horseshoe bats are found along the coastline of southern Africa.

Where do bats live: Cape horseshoe bats live along the coast. They are found in coastal and sea caves.

What do bats eat: Cape horseshoe bats eat mainly beetles.

Behavior and reproduction: These bats catch their prey while flying slowly and low to the ground. They also can hunt from perches, waiting for prey to pass. When roosting, they usually hang individually, rather than in dense clusters.

They mate in spring, August through September, and young are born from November to December.

Cape horseshoe bats and people: There is no known, significant relationship between these bats and people.

Conservation status: The IUCN lists the cape horseshoe bat as Vulnerable.