Located in Tambo Babak, Island Garden City of Samal, the Monfort Bat Sanctuary is deemed as the largest bat colony in the world. With an estimated number of 1.8 million bats, it was given a Guinness World Record for having the largest colony of Geoffrey's Rousette fruit bats.
You will find here five bat caves that make up the Bat Sanctuary. The Monfort family of Davao has kindly donated an area of their land for the Bat Research and Conservation Center, in efforts to further understand bats and their importance to the ecosystem.
Walking around the sanctuary was actually a stinky experience because of the smell of the bats, it was also freaking to hear their shieking noise. Hahaha! They are asleep during our visit. It’s basically safe, unless you intentionally hurt the bats by throwing stones at them or disturbing their habitat.
If you're looking for an added treat, go there at around 5:00 PM and witness how they fly out of the caves to get their food. With a million bats flying in the sky, it's definitely a jaw dropping experience. Maybe on my next visit to Samal, I'll try to catch them fly.
This post is part of my adventures in Davao City and Davao Del Norte with my MBA friends last February 19-21, 2011. Thanks to Joan and Clarice for sharing some of their photos.
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