Southern bent-winged bat - past research
Naracoorte Caves is open. There are restrictions on the number of people that can undertake tours at any one time. Some cave tours can now be booked online, or you can visit and enjoy a tour by booking directly at the Wonambi Visitor Centre.
Southern Bent-wing Bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii) is a critically endangered species. Naracoorte Caves’ Bat Cave is one of only two breeding sites for the species, making it an important site for research into the biology and conservation of this special animal. The other breeding site is Starlight Cave in Warrnambool, Victoria.
Research into the Southern Bent-wing Bat has a long history at the Naracoorte Caves. The combined efforts of researchers and volunteers across this history demonstrates the important role that community plays in effective and far-reaching science and conservation.
A number of scientific papers and reports have been published on the Southern Bent-wing Bat at Naracoorte Caves.