Abandoned Israeli Bunkers Make Fine Bat Houses

February 3, 2012 / Israel, Asia
Abandoned Israeli Army Bunker

Screengrab via Reuters

A number of abandoned military bunkers along the border between Israel and Jordan have become an unexpected refuge for a number of endangered bats.

The bats found the Israeli bunkers after a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries left them deserted. They took up residence and have thrived ever since.

Because the area surrounding them is covered in land mines and still classified as military zone, the public are forbidden to enter and the bats are able to live undisturbed.

A group of researchers from Tel Aviv University were granted access several years ago and have been studying the bats. They have so far noted 12 indigenous species, including five endangered species, two of them – the Mediterranean horseshoe bat and Geoffroy’s bat – critically.

As part of the research, one of the bunkers was converted to a more friendly bat habitat, with the team roughing up the walls and adding mesh and wooden pallets, trying to account for the roosting preferences of a number of different species.

While not yet complete, the research seems to indicate a large population growth, an increase of thousands of bats.

Check out the video on TheHuffingtonPost.com for more information.

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