Travellers can see world's largest bat population up close for the first time
Posted on Thursday 19 April 2012
in United States of America, Adventure
Indian travellers who want to be among the first to experience a new attraction abroad could consider planning a trip to Texas in the U.S. this summer. For the first time, local authorities are opening a special habitat to the public that houses the largest bat population in the world, reports MSNBC.
Many head to Texas on holiday to see bats in action
The Bracken Caves are located close to the town of New Braunfels, which lies east of San Antonio, Texas. Since the caverns are on nearly 700 acres of protected land, visitors were very limited to seeing the site in order to protect the bat population - only members of the Bat Conservation International (BCI) organisation have been granted access in the past. Every night for a few hours, hordes of bats take to the skies and emit powerful flapping sounds and spectacular views of nature at work. Some officials estimate that there could be up to 20 million of these creatures living in the caves.
"It’s a spectacular sight. The bats form a vortex dense enough to show up on airport radar," Fran Hutchins, Bracken Cave coordinator at BCI, told the news source. "They fly in a 60-mile radius in search of food and in one night will eat hundreds of tons of insects, which makes the farmers around here very happy."
Other great things to experience near the bat caves
While Indian travellers are in Texas checking out the unique wildlife at Bracken Caves, they can also spend some time in the vibrant city of San Antonio. Those who want to learn more about the cultural offerings in this southern U.S. state can head to the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. According to Frommer's, the complex has a massive collection of modern and classic art created by famed American and European artists, including Matisse, O'Keeffe, Manet and Cezanne.
Other top-notch attractions include golf holidays, as this sport is an up and coming pastime in the area. Some courses that offer spectacular desert oasis views from the fairway include Pecan Valley, Cedar Creek and Canyon Springs.
A trip to Texas for the bat caves and city sightseeing can be the ideal adventure travelexcursion to experience with loved ones on holiday. The caves are open April through to October for the general public, so Indian travellers can organise their getaway now for the summer or autumn.
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