As pollinators of the typical dry forest cacti, bats are a keystone species. Dry tropical forests are the most threatened type of forest in the Dutch Caribbean due to positioning close to built-up areas. The bats use the many caves as resting habitat. A map of the caves on Bonaire can be found here.
A baseline study on the 9 species of bats of Bonaire (2008-2014) ran across 11 sites and provides information on abundance, sex, weight, size, etc.
Mist netting at caves data:
- Cave use dynamics of cave-dwelling bats in the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire
- Population estimates of cave-dwelling bats of in the islands of Bonaire, Aruba and Curaçao
Mark and recapture data:
- Long flights and migratory movements in the South Caribbean of the Curaçaoan Long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae)
Mist netting, harp traps and ultrasound detector data (bats voice calls):
- Use of habitat types by the bat fauna of Bonaire