Thanks to the recommendations of a friend I was able to visit the Bat Jungle in Monteverde and view 8 species of over 90 bats in an exhibit built by a bat biologist, Dr. Richard K. Laval. The exhibit features an ultrasonic microphone so you can hear the bats echolocating and socializing with each other. The woman who gave us our tour was the most adorable bat loving woman I think that exists on the planet. I thought I was nuts about bats until I met her. Her eyes literally lit up when she was explaining all the misconceptions, traits and different species we were going to meet and ones we weren't. I learned more about bats that I ever imagined were possible. It made me love them even more. After our introduction outside we were armed with flash lights and she took us inside to point out so many bats! We saw babies, and colonies and hummingbird bats (my new fave). Then after spending way more time then she planned with us she had other visitors come in and we were left inside with the whole place to ourselves for as long as we liked. You would think you would not need much time in a 17 foot long room but we probably spent 2 hours total here. Of course pictures are hard to take in this dark setting but I managed quite a few and have even created a new bat wall exhibit at home.
Meet the adorable creatures of the night...
My goal was to be able to be there at feeding time and we lucked out and she fed them while we were there. Bats are very sociable animals. This is why white nose syndrome is killing off so many of them. White nose is a serious disease affecting bats in North America. We need bats. Bats are great natural insect repellent.
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