Bat Zone

Visit the Organization for Bat Conservation at Cranbrook Institute of Science to see award-winning LIVE bat programs that explore the fascinating world of bats, how to attract them, and much more. These programs feature vampire bats, large fruit bats (with 4 to 6 foot wingspans) and others. Programs are given at special times every weekend and on special occasions.

Dale and StrawThe Bat Zone is a separate building behind the main Cranbrook Institute of Science building. Bat Zone is home to over 150 bats from around the world. These bats include big brown bats, dog-faced fruit bats, straw-colored fruit bats, endangered golden (also known as Rodrigues) flying foxes, Malayan flying foxes (the largest bats in the world, with 6 foot wingspans), Egyptian fruit bats, short-tailed fruit bats, Jamaican fruit bats, Indian flying foxes, and vampire bats. Other nocturnal animals include a three-toed sloth, flying squirrels, sugar gliders, frogs, barred owl, great-horned owls, and screech owls.

In the Bat ZoneAll animals that live at the Bat Zone are either injured and can not be released, have come from rescue situations, have been donated from zoos that can not house them anymore, or were orphaned at a young age. We never take animals from the wild and hold strong to the philosophy that wild animals are not pets (something we stress in our educational programs). Our bats and all other animals that make the Bat Zone their home are treated with respect and love. They are ambassadors to the world and are trained to enjoy programs by using only positive reinforcement in these programs.

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Bat Zone Tours

Bat Zone tours are available to the general public at the following times:


  • Saturday 12:30 and 2:30pm
  • Sunday 1:30 and 2:30pm


  • Monday-Saturday 12:30 and 2:30pm
  • Sunday 1:30 and 2:30pm

Tickets are required.

Save the date... Great Lakes Bat Festival (September 27, 2014)