Reproductive cycle and cave use dynamics of bat maternity cave at Bakuna

The previously unknown life cycles of two species of insect-eating bats have been determined for Bonaire by this project. We found these species at a cave located in the Bakuna area, where scientific research was never conducted before. We defined the yearly patterns of use of this cave by 3 different bat species that inhabit it. We did this by conducting…

S.I.C.O.M. Recognition For 2 Bat Maternity Roosts on Bonaire

DESCRIPTION A.I.C.O.M. and  S.I.C.O.M. (Spanish acronyms for Area and Site of Importance for Bat Conservation) are designations that indicate international recognition granted by a group of world class bat scientists. The designation can be used as a tool to obtain local legal protection for a priority roost. On the island of Bonaire we found two caves without any…

Bonaire Cave Tour Guide Certification Course

DESCRIPTION Caves in Bonaire are relatively unexplored and non-documented, with the exception of a few ones. These caves are frequently visited by tourists and locals and receive a significant impact due improper caving procedures or lack of coordination. The Bonaire Dry Cave Guide Certification Course aims to solve this problem, by providing quality training for cave guides,…

Bonaire Dry Cave System Exploration

DESCRIPTION Caves in Bonaire are relatively unexplored and non-documented. To find and document these caves is essential for their proper management and protection. The Bonaire Dry Cave System Exploration Project is a long term enterprise conducted by a local team of speleologists, along with the collaboration of individuals, organizations and companies that believe that the economy and…