Prince Albert II of Monaco[Photo caption: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu. Pix from Bernama]

Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is on a three-day visit to Sarawak, the other Malaysian state on Borneo Island, today launched the world’s first digital remote-controlled bats monitoring system at Deer Cave, one of the many caves within the Mulu national park.

The RM800,000 (US$254,000) system, also known as the Mulu BatCam, utilises five remote controlled television cameras and infra-red lighting inside the cave.

The system will be able to show spectacular details of the bat colonies inside, said the park’s manager, Brian Clark said in a report by Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency.

The system is developed by an Australian company and enables visitors to observe the bats regardless of the weather conditions.

Clark said the project was expected to spur greater interest to visit the cave, particularly among researchers from overseas to study the bats species there and eventually contributing towards fauna conservation.

The Deer Cave has the largest cave passage in the world and is the only known place in the world to have 12 different species of bats.

The Mulu national park, which has the largest cave system in the world, is one of two World Heritage Sites in Malaysia.

The other is Kinabalu Park in Sabah, my homestate.

Prince Albert said the project could serve as a scientific and educational tool to educate visitors who came to the park, declared a world heritage site in 2000.

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