Meet Peka, our furry bundle of batty cuteness. Just in case you haven’t noticed - we are huge bat fans here at Waikato Museum and Peka is our friendly mascot. He loves meeting visitors and having a bit of fun with them. Peka sometimes has special surprises for his fans - so be sure to be on the look out for Peka next time you’re in!
Name: Peka [pronounced pê-kah]
Date of birth: How old? New Zealand bat researchers have found a 22 year-old long-tailed bat!
Place of birth: Hamilton
Address: No permanent address - loves to move around for a change of view and spends a lot of time at his hang-out, Waikato Museum
Favourite food: Gnat flies, juicy mosquitoes and crunchy moths
Other likes: Big old trees with lots of hiding spaces, ‘Peka says!’ game
Pet peeves: Bright street lights, cold evenings
Major peeves: Scary rats, possums, stoats and cats