The city of Perryville, the Cave Research Foundation, Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy, the Missouri Speleological Survey and the Missouri Department of Conservation, came together to construct and install a bat friendly gate on one of the many cave entrances within the city limits of Perryville
The idea for the bat friendly gate originated following a tour several months ago of the cave, which will remained unnamed due to safety concerns. Cavers were checking on the health of the cave and noted the condition of the cave had vastly improved, however, the cave had no visible bat population. This was thought to be from the design of the iron rebar construct gate. It was recommended the city install a bat friendly gate. Bats are very beneficial when it comes to insect control and the overall health of a cave. The city listened to recommendations and were able to construct the new bat cave in a single day. Ozark Operations Manager with the Cave Research Foundation Scott House says with the addition of the gate, the cave is sure to be a biological refuge in which the city can take great pride. Read more in the Republic Monitor.