An interesting fact about bats that would intrigue children is that bats have the ability to fly up to 60 mph. Bats are found all around the world, except in extreme deserts and polar regions, and they are the only mammals in the world capable of true flight.
With 1,100 species of bats worldwide, three of those are vampire bats which have a diet consisting of the blood of other animals. Vampire bats are not found in the United States. Other species of bats consume insects, fruit, nectar and small animals such as frogs, lizards, birds and fish. Bats have the ability to consume up to 1,200 mosquitoes in 1 hour and primarily eat their body weight in insects daily. By emitting very high-pitched noises that cannot be heard by their prey, bats can find food in complete darkness. The noises that bats emit bounce off of any objects in their path, allowing them to determine where it is located, how big it is and the texture of the object.
Bats have scents and voices unique from others, allowing mother bats to find their babies among thousands of other bats. Bats are considered to be endangered species, mainly because female bats typically only have one pup each year. The giant flying fox is the largest species of bat with a wingspan of 6 feet.