Man collecting Bat's guano in a cave Thailand ; Cave of the Buddhist temple of Khao Chong Phran
Province of Ratchaburi
After a decline due to an unrestrained hunting, the millions of Bats which occupies this cave are protected by the law and guards and monks take care that neither disturb or capture any more these flying Mammals. The big troop which flies away at the end of the day will capture 30 to 40 tons of insects in only one night! The monks ensure the exploitation and the sale of the invaluable guano collected in the cave. As for the frugivorous Flying foxes, they pollinate precious fruit trees.
Tanguy Stoecklé / Biosphoto
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