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Bats in Cambodia

During our 2 weeks caving in Cambodia in Battambang province in the northwest, in June 2008, we found several bat caves. Some had very large colonies of bats. A few of the caves we did not enter as the stench of guano was totally overpowering, and one cave in particular stunk of almost pure ammonia. This was quite different from Laos, where most caves were devoid of bats, as the locals actively hunt them for food.

An expedition report has been published in BCRA Speleology, 2009, No 13. Extensive information on the caves of Cambodia can be found in the book Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia. See also Cambodian cave fauna


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cave in Phnom Banan


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This is one cave we didn't enter as the stench of ammonia was overpowering. However a local managed to catch this live bat so I could photograph it before releasing it. Bats are difficult to catch, especially if they get inside your home. They accidentally get in houses and may even roost in your custom closets or attics.


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I just stuck my camera inside the cave entrance!


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the cave entrance


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Tadarida plicata , family Molossidae, wrinkle-lipped or free-tailed bat


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skull and jaws of an insectivorous bat


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Hipposideros armiger



Liz Price 2008-2013

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