Bat Zone

See bats live and up close! Visit the Organization for Bat Conservation's Bat Zone for a behind-the-scenes tour. See bats found around the world--Vampire bats, Big Brown bats, Dog-faced Fruit bats, Straw-colored Fruit bats, Golden Flying Foxes, Malayan Flying Foxes, Egyptian Fruit bats and more! At this nocturnal wildlife sanctuary, you will also see other night-time animals including a two-toed sloth, owls, skunks and flying squirrels.

All 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.

To learn more about bats or the Organization for Bat Conservation go to http://www.batconservation.org/.


Bat Zone Tours

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

September-May

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

June-August

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

Summer Bat Walks 2015

  • June 26, 9:00pm
  • July 3, 9:00pm
  • July 10, 9:00pm
  • July 17, 9:00pm
  • July 24, 9:00pm
  • July 31, 8:30pm
  • August 14, 8:30pm
  • August 21, 8:00pm
  • August 28, 8:00pm

Click here for a schedule of bat shows during special events.

The Organization for Bat Conservation also offers live animal education programs for schools and other groups at Cranbrook Institute of Science, on-site or through Distance Learning. Call 248-645-3232 to learn more about these programs.

Save the Date! The Great Lakes Bat Festival is coming to Cranbrook Institute of Science September 26, 2015.