Imagine watching three million incredible bats flying out of their home.
Visitors to the Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo can see just that. These incredible bats have a mass exodus nightly between 5:30 and 6:30 PM local time.
What Makes These Incredible Bats Special?
This enormous colony of bats is estimated to be around three million strong. It also includes an impressive twelve different species of bats.
*Quick fact – Multiple species of bats will roost together. This is a pretty unique feature to bats as many other animals will not live with other species of their own kind.*
It is estimated that these incredible bats travel up to 63 miles a night to feed before returning the next morning.
From the Mulu National Park website:
“Expectations builds as the sun moves towards the horizon and the Bat Hawks take up their roost on the cliff face, waiting for the first of the millions of bats appear. Each evening the bats gather at the cave entrance in large ring-shaped formations, circling higher and higher up the cliff face before moving out across the rainforest is spiraling ribbons.
It has been estimated that nightly each bat consumes between five and ten grams of flying insects. This means that 3 million bats will return in the morning to deposit a huge amount of guano in the cave and provide a unique ecosystem, home to millions of insects and their predators.
The bats leave the cave on most evenings between 5.30pm and 6.30pm but on rare occasions do not leave at all. Even more rarely they sometimes leave as early as 4.30pm and are believed to travel up to 100 Kms from the cave before they return in the early morning. Their “cruising altitude” to their feeding areas is around 3500 meters at up to 75 KPH.”
We hope you enjoyed the video of these incredible bats. We know this is a sight we are adding to our personal bucket lists right now. How about you?
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