Monfort Conservation Park is a 24-hectare property located in the Garden Island of Samal. It is the Guiness title holder of Largest Fruit Bat Colony in the world, Monfort Bat Cave is home to more than 1.8 million Geoffry’s Rousette Fruit Bats.
These bats are also the reason for Davao City’s abundance in durian. They are, in fact, the major reason why rainforests exist—70% of trees in a forest exist because of bat pollination activities; they eat fruits and insects and distribute seeds in the process. A bat can eat as much as its own body weight of insects and pests every night, thus loss of bats will certainly effect an increase of pests in the world.
There are 1,100 different species of bats and the Philippines is home to 26 –more than any other countries. The Philippines is home to the largest bat specie, the Golden-Crowned Flying Fox Fruit Bat, and home to the smallest one, the Philippine Bamboo Bat. The recent world discovery of a new fruit bat specie was in Mindoro Island, the Stripe-Faced Fruit Bat.
The conservation park is dedicated to give researchers space to learn more about bats and to teach people the important role bats play in the ecosystem. Guano, bat droppings, is the most fertile and expensive fertilizer in the world, priced at $200 for less than a kilo
Monfort Bat Conservation Park has an Adopt-a-bat-program where you can donate $25, $50, or $100. You will be given a bat adoption certificate, a tree will be planted in your name, a plaque that will hang in the research center plus free admissions to the Monfort Bat Conservation Park, and a 5×7 photograph. $50 and $100 will receive a shirt. Proceeds will go the operational expenses and research of the park. For more details please email [email protected]
BE A VOLUNTEER! Experience how it is to be in bat research and conservation, or be an events specialist, or take part as a fundraising staff and educator or more. You and your organization can volunteer in the park where you will plant trees, observe bat colonies, teach conservation workshops, and even work with youth in classroom programs. It can be a good team building activity for great bonding time while helping the eco-system and the community. For those interested, you send your inquiries along with your name, address, email address. contact number, and area of interest to [email protected]
The property is privately owned by Ms. Nomi Monfort. The Monfort Family is currently developing the area to become a tranquil eco-friendly park with parts of it donated for bat research and conservation. It is currently on its phase 2 in its development where viewing deck of the bats are completed. They are currently designing a butterfly sanctuary which will be open in the next few years. Overnight and retreat stays will be possible in the future as well as they are allotting certain areas to become beachfront camping grounds. They are also building forest cottages to accommodate group retreats.
Our trip to Monfort Bat Cave trip was arranged by Olan Emboscado of Olanology.com. Thanks Olan!