Tennessee’s Experimental Artificial Bat Cave Remains Empty

December 12, 2012 / Tennessee, United States, North America
A view of the human entrance following construction of the artificial bat cave.

A view of the human entrance following construction of the artificial bat cave. Photo via The Nature Conservancy

An artificial bat cave in Clarksville, Tennessee has yet to receive any visitors this winter.

Completed earlier this fall, the experimental man-made cave was built by the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy to provide a safe refuge for bats which have been struggling with white-nose syndrome.

The idea is that the 24 meter (78 foot) long artificial cave, constructed out of prefabricated concrete, would be disinfected each spring to try to keep the geomyces destructans fungus, the cause of WNS, below lethal levels.

Despite trying to attract bats by playing recordings of ultrasonic bat calls outside the cave, no bats have taken up residence.

It is suspected that cave may have been completed too late in the season for bats to find it. Hope remains that some bats will hibernate in the new cave next winter.

No Bats Yet in Artificial Tennessee Cave [WFPL News]

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