Bat Condos, Construction of an Artificial Bat Cave:
In the summer of 2004, an artificial bat cave was constructed at the LSUS Red River Education and Research Park. The cave was constructed from giant used tires from earthmoving vehicles. The tires were donated by AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company. The cave uses 26 tires of varying sizes and measures 53 feet in length. The entire structure is covered with native red clay and river sand. This is only the second artificial bat cave of this type ever constructed. It provides potential habitat for bats and other small animals as well as an alternative method for recycling the giant tires. The structure has ports for monitoring temperature, humidity, and ambient light as well as a probe to monitor external air temperature.