Bat fest about to take flight
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.