Merlin and I will be leaving for the island of Borneo this Friday, flying, waiting in airports or traveling by car for approximately 40 hours to reach our destination in Brunei, one of the three countries that share Asia’s largest island. Our hosts, Caroline and Michael Schoner, have generously invited us to photograph one of the world’s most fascinating bat-plant relationships, the subject of their doctoral theses. We will be photographing Hardwicke’s woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) roosting in carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes rafflesiana elongata) growing in peat swamps. These plants provide roosting space in exchange for receiving nitrogen from the bat’s feces.
We’ll be working with Caroline and Michael August 10-31 in an exceptionally challenging project, faced with a 13-hour time change, photographing some of the world’s smallest mammals (weighing just 2.5-4 gms) in flooded swamplands. Internet access will be limited, but we will do our best to get out at least one or two blogs while still there. Subscribe for our next exciting adventure!
WHAT IS MTBC?
Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation is the most recent contribution by Merlin Tuttle to the world of bats. With over 60 years of in-depth knowledge and experience Merlin Tuttle, renowned bat expert, educator and wildlife photographer founded MTBC with one true goal in mind; teaching the world to understand and appreciate the vital contributions bats make to human beings and the world we live in.