Monfort Bat Cave January Baby Boom

April 6, 2011 / Philippines, Asia

A recent expedition in January 2011 to map Monfort Bat Cave in the Mindanao region of the Philippines by U.S. cavers led to the discovery of a high number of expecting bats. Even more strange is that Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats do not usually give birth in January.

While the cause is still unknown, it is suspected that because the cave is an ecotourism site, it allows the population to grow undisturbed from people. Locals in the area are known to hunt bats for food and to mine their guano for fertilizer.

Monfort cave is home to approximately 1.8 million Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats. According to the Guinness Book of World Record, that makes it the largest gathering fruit bats in the world. There are so many bats, it is estimated that for every square meter of cave wall there are ~640 bats.

For more information of the cave, visit Monfort Bat Cave & Conservation Foundation.

Pictures: Bats Swarm Philippines Cave [National Geographic]

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