Thought to be a solitary species, Zenker’s fruit bat roosts singly in a tree and has a small home range (2) (5) (6). Zenker’s fruit bat is, as the name implies, mainly frugivorous (5) (6), consuming small fruits and spitting out the pulp and seeds. Due to this feeding behaviour, fruit bats are important seed dispersers in the forests they inhabit (3). Like other fruit bats, it is likely that Zenker’s fruit bat is most active at dawn and dusk, although it may occasionally move around its tree roost during the day to maintain its internal body temperature (3).
Most fruit bats have two breeding seasons a year (3), but females typically only conceive in one of the seasons. Births are generally synchronised to correspond with the period of greatest food availability (3). Fruit bats usually give birth to one young at a time after a four to six month gestation period (3).
Fruit bats have several natural predators, which include birds of prey, large reptiles and some carnivorous mammals (4). However, although predators may influence feeding and roosting behaviour, they are seldom a serious threat to fruit bat populations (4).