A kilometer south past Areni is the turnoff right for Noravank Monastery and Magil Cave (Magili Karandzav), across the bridge and through a narrow gorge, you can just barely see the small entry tunnel on your left next to the large gash in the rocks pictured at the bottom of this page.
Ecologists beat an alarm: Night bats registered in the Red Book may disappear from Magela cave
arminfo Thursday, August 18, 10:41
The Magela cave near Noravank, which is the residence of 8 types of the night bats, has become a sweet spot for businessmen which decided to "improve" it for tourists.
As the head of non-governmental organization "Ecolur" Inga Zarafyan said at today's press-conference, for conducting an excursion in the cave they are going to start construction work their, to widen the entrance, to imbed in concrete the floor, to set electric lightening and to build stairs. Everything is OK, if not the fact that 8 types of the night bats dwell in Magela, 6 of which have been registered in the Red Book.
She also said that on 18 February during the first public hearings on the matter specialists were categorically against fulfillment of such a project, as even the construction noise will force night bats to leave the cave forever.
But despite indignation of specialists, the programme on "improvement" of the cave may become true, as this year the project got positive nature protection expertise, and ecologists may just make a helpless gesture.
Despite the negative view of ecologists, representative of Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, Mekhak Apresyan, was optimistic.
"We have thoroughly studied the project. We had two ways out - either to close the cave, or make it available for tourists but preserve its ecosystem", - he said and added there are many such caves open for tourists in the world.
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