Virginia State University ties up with bat sanctuary

MONFORT Bat Sanctuary will partner with Virginia State University to set up a man-made bat cave in the eco-park’s 24-hectare property in Island Garden City of Samal.

Norma Monfort, owner and president of Monfort Bat Sanctuary, said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao that they hoped to sign the memorandum of agreement with the US-based university by June.

She said it is high for the establishment of a chiroptorium, a man-made bat cave, to provide an additional hub for the bats. The project is expected to start this year once they finalized the agreement.

“We will recycle a 40-meter container van to make it a chiroptorium,” Monfort said.

The Monfort Bat Sanctuary has 245 feet-long bat cave with about 2.3 million fruit bats. This was recognized in 2010 by the Guinness World Record with largest single colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette fruit bats.

The Monfort Bat Sanctuary will also donate three hectares of land to Philippine Bats for Peace Foundation.

“It would be donated as I do not intend to sell the property. This is to sustain the bat sanctuary,” Monfort said.

The eco-park also partnered with Rotary Club of Davao and Rotary Club of Samal for the development of the establishment.

Meanwhile, Monfort Bat Sanctuary is set to stage a one-day activity in line on the conduct of Earth Hour on March 24. There would be a BATtiange, where there would be stalls that would sell organic and other products.

There would be also fire dance and music presentations by night.

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