Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Manmade Bat Cave Designed To Prevent White-Nose Syndrome

An artificial cave, designed to help protect bats from a fungal ailment that to date has killed more than six million of the creatures throughout North America, has been constructed by conservationists in the woods of Tennessee, according to various media outlets published Friday.

The project, which Randall Dickerson of the Associated Press (AP) reports cost an estimated $300,000 and was built by The Nature Conservancy, is believed to be the first manmade hibernating facility ever built for bats in the wild. The facility can be cleaned each year, which members of the organization hope will be able to keep the flying rodents from contracting white-nose syndrome from Geomyces destructans spores.

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