Bat cave conservation area is home to 1.1 mln bats, 99 bird species: research

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The entrance of Bat Cave in Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region.  Photo: Nyi Tu
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The entrance of Bat Cave in Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region.  Photo: Nyi Tu

An estimated 1.1 million bats and 99 species of birds have been registered in the bat cave conservation area in Kanbalu Township of Sagaing Region, according to a research paper.
The Forest Department teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar Program) to carry out research on the population size of bats dwelling in the bat cave conservation area.
The count was conducted between 16 and 19 January.
The research found the bat cave conservation area is home to an estimated 1.1 million bats. Additionally, 99 species of birds, including rare and endangered species, have also been recorded in the area. Bats generally eat insects, while some can eat flowers and fruits.
They play a significant role in controlling insect populations and contribute to the ecosystem.

—Nyi Tu

(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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