Fact About Bat Bukit Lawang



AMAZING FACT ABOUT BAT.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly. They are also among the only mammals known to feed on blood. Common misconceptions and fears about bats have led many people to regard the creatures as unclean disease carriers, but bats are actually very helpful in controlling the population of crop-destroying insects.

There are more than 900 species of bats in the world. Some experts estimate the number to be as high as 1,200 species. Bats make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth.

Habitat
Bats live all over the world, except for some islands, and the Arctic and Antarctica. They mostly prefer warmer areas that are closer to the equator, and they can be found in rain forests, mountains, farmland, woods and cities. Bats have two strategies for weathering the cold. Some migrate to warmer areas, while others go into torpor. In this short-term form of hibernation, a bat reduces its metabolic rate, lowers its body temperature, and slows its breathing and heart rate.  

Bats roost in trees, caves, mines and barns — anyplace that provides shelter from the weather, protection from predators and seclusion for rearing the animals' young. Bats live together in groups called colonies, which contain 100 to 1,000 bats. These mammals are also nocturnal, meaning that they sleep during the day and are awake at night. Some may fly up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) to find food during their nightly journeys. In the day, they sleep upside down from trees or the roofs of caves, holding on with their sharp claws.



Diet

Most bats eat flowers, small insects, fruits, nectar, pollen and leaves, though it depends on the type of bat. Megabats usually eat fruits, and microbats generally eat insects. 
Although there’s nothing in this three-room cave that you haven’t already seen before, it’s a pleasant enough trek out there and the cave entrance is rather picturesque with a hole in the roof allowing a beam of light to penetrate the darkness.Past the beam of light, things become pitch black and you’ll be scrambling around the cavern wondering why on earth you decided to enter into the bowels of the mountain. We certainly did.

Intresting to See it ??
Bat Cave Bukit Lawang, To get here, go to the Ecolodge Cottage  on the opposite side of the river from Rindu Alam Hotel. Turn left and follow the signs past Batu Mandi Guesthouse and the orphanage. The climb up to the entrance of the cave requires the skills of a mountain goat, with bamboo ladders, slippery rocks and a bit of mud all contributing to an uncomfortable ascent.
Our Guides at the entrance can take you further inside the cave than you might be willing to do on your own. It’s worth a look if you have spare time in Bukit Lawang.

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