National Geographic : 2001 Oct
I s the day's last light paints the tropical sky, I perch on the side of a cliff on Khao Luk Chang (Baby Elephant Mountain) in Thai land. A few feet in front of me thousands of wrinkled-lipped bats stream out of their cave. Soon they Will fan out and gorge on insects in the forest below. Human eyes that work so well during the day are of little use in this world. Out here, hosts of species are supremely adapted for making a living In the dark. Bats with their sonar, tarsiers with their acute hearing and night vision, and civets with their exquisite sense of smell are just a few examples. I wish my senses were a match for these noc turnal creatures. Though limited to my human perception, Idoget a little help from technology. With headlamps, strobes, infrared camera traps, and iiigllt-vision scopes in my arsenal, I head off into the rain forest after dark. It'sasrich in lifeasitisbydaybut with an almost completely different cast of characters.