Bat fest about to take flight

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANIEL BATE­MAN

YOU’D “bat-ter” be­lieve it, some of the Far North’s most mis­un­der­stood an­i­mals will be cel­e­brated in fine style this week­end.

The an­nual Cairns Bat Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing on Satur­day, fea­tur­ing free fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, con­ser­va­tion ex­hibits, in­for­ma­tive talks, live en­ter­tain­ment, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and much more.

Cairns based ecol­o­gist Dr Martin Co­hen said the re­gion was lucky to have so many bats. “Fly­ing foxes are a key­stone species and they con­trib­ute to bio­di­ver­sity, through the dis­pers­ing of seeds from fruit of rain­for­est plants, up to 80km a night,” he said.

“They’re also cross-pol­li­nat­ing flow­ers in this land­scape over vast dis­tances.

“That’s why we think they’re such an im­por­tant species and we’re re­ally lucky to have them here.”

The Cairns Bat Fes­ti­val is at the Salt House at Cairns Ma­rina Point from 2pm-5.30pm.

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