Did you know fruit bats are essential in helping fruit trees spread throughout rainforests? Did you also know that you can now see the little critters in Dubai?
Well you can. The Green Planet Dubai now has a brand-new bat cave experience, and no, not the one the caped crusader looms in.
The new habitat for the short-tailed fruit bats is located on a new trail through Dubai’s first and only bio-dome.
Guests will follow a dimly-lit enclosed path while the bats flitter around, hang from the ceiling dracula-style, or chow down on their fruit and nectar diet.
The best part? The bat cave experience is included in the Dhs99 entry ticket, meaning it comes at no extra cost.
That’s not the only nocturnal mammal encounter at The Green Planet. The 20- to 30-minute “sugar glider interaction”, at Dhs149, gives nature fans the chance to get up-close and even take pictures with them.
Also for Dhs149 is something a lot slower. The sloth experience teaches visitors why these leisurely guys are so essential to the rainforest. Don’t worry, we doubt they’ll move much for the picture.
The city’s bio-dome at City Walk realistically mimics the rainforest environment by regulating temperature and humidity levels, and its home to an impressive assortment of 3,000 living species. Check out all it has to offer here, along with our favourite things about it.
When Time Out Dubai went, we got a full tour of what the indoor rainforest had to offer, and even named a cockroach or two.
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Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11), free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street www.thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).