KRUGER NATIONAL PARK’S BAT COLONIES SPOILED WITH NEW HOUSING
There is a constant need for roosting places for our nocturnal flying mammals in National Parks as they invade the thatched roofs of chalets where their guano causes unpleasant smells. Squirrels and bees often invade bat’s dwellings, therefore an ongoing need for newly installed box boxes is a necessity.
The bats are also useful in controlling the insect population, especially mosquitos in rest camps which may cause health hazards towards guests, as one bat can devour thousands of mosquitos in one evening.
Highveld region’s portfolio manager for bat boxes, dr. Burnie Biddulph, studied the most effective designs of bat boxes, formed a bat box engineering team within the region and commenced to build their own bat houses.