February 25, 2010
Entrance to the ROM's revamped Bat Cave.
Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is re-opening its Bat Cave on Feb. 27.
Renovated and updated, the new Bat Cave is larger and more interactive, featuring animatronic technology and audiovisual displays guiding meeting and incentive travel groups through a multi-sensory journey inside a recreated bat habitat.
First opened in 1988, the gallery realistically portrays the renowned St. Clair Cave, in Jamaica. The recreation starts at the shadowy cave mouth, home to hundreds of roosting bats, and continues though to the finale, featuring a dramatization of the nightly exodus of the bat colony taking flight.
The remodeled 1,700-sq.-ft. gallery presents more than 20 bat specimens and over 800 models, some mechanized, while providing info about bat species, navigation and behaviour, as well as the ecology of the cave in which they live.
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