WEBCAM AT THE FLORIDA BAT HOUSE

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  • Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • Source: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu
  • Info: Live camera showing the University of Florida Bat Barns featuring the world's largest occupied bat houses.

    The original bat colonies at the campus were discovered when a fire destroyed one of the University Halls in 1987 and the displaced bats then took up residence in several campus stadiums. Not long after it was decided to give the bats their own lodgings which led to the construction of a special bat house and then a bat barn. Today the population is estimated to be 300,000 bats which provide a spectacular sight at night as they leave their roost to feed and may consume up to 2 tons of insects in a night.