Central and South America: Southern Mexico to Bolivia, Paraguay, and southeast Brazil: to 2400 meters (7873 feet) in elevation.
Moist evergreen and dry deciduous forests, usually below 1000 meters (3281 feet) but up to 1500 meters (4921 feet.)
Bats are the only mammals that can fly and that have true wings. The wings are modified forelimbs with a flight surface covered with a skin membrane supported by four fingers.
The most distinguishing characteristic is its leaf shaped nose. This is a spear-shaped protuberance that can range in size from large (as long as its head) to non-existent.
Diet in the Zoo: a variety of fruits and vegetables
Diet in the Wild: 50 different species of fruit and also, pollen and insects
Approximately 9 years in the wild and 19 years in captivity
Will enter a state of torpor (lethargy) when food is lacking.
Will roost in groups of 10 to 100 in caves, hollow trees, tunnels, road culverts, and less commonly, under leaves and in buildings.
They have two roost types: Harem - consisting of an adult male and many females and; Bachelor - consisting of an adult male with sub-adult males without a harem.
Not threatened. They are common and widespread.