The Monfort Bat Cave in Samal Island was recognized by Guinness as the world’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats or Rousetteus amplexicaudatus. The award was given last February this year. It has been the highlight of the Eco-Conservation Fair. The said event was held at SM City Davao Event Center last April 21 to 22 with this year’s theme “Bats Conserve Biodiversity”. The event was in connection with the Earth Day Celebration.
The fruits bats colony is located at the Monfort Eco-Park at Brgy. Tambo, Island Garden City of Samal. The said cave has five openings with an estimated bat population of 1.8 million. Fruit bats are less appreciated and sometimes misunderstood creatures but they are also good pollinators and source of organic fertilizer known as guano.
The Monfort Bat Cave shows that wonder of nature still exists which may seem that very few are left. Fortunately, we have this in Samal Island. The crusade continues by giving education for people to comprehend what these bats can do in maintaining balance of our ecosystem.
The Monfort Bat Cave is being preserved and protected by the owner herself Norma Monfort together with the support of the residence and the local government. There are seventy empty caves in the island and were traced to have been inhabited by these kind of bats.
Bat Conservation International, an organization based in Texas, USA stated that Monfort Bat Cave as among the few known to scientists.
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