Helping Study the Effects of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Bats huddled on the ceiling of a cave
With the help of NPF, Mammoth Cave and the University of Kentucky were able to study the effects of White-nose Syndrome on the cave ecosystem.

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave system, with more than 365 miles explored. Cave tours have been offered since 1816, which makes Mammoth Cave one of the oldest tour attractions in North America.

This grant funded the first year of a joint project studying how bat populations and their insect prey respond to the arrival of White-nose Syndrome at Mammoth Cave National Park. In partnership with the University of Kentucky and Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, the project also helped visitors understand bats and their role in the ecosystem, as well as their recent decline due to White-nose Syndrome.

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