This past weekend we were invited by Cranbrook Institute of Science to check out their Bat Zone tour free of charge so we could share our experience with you. Last time I went I wanted to check it out, but we were there on a weekday, and the Bat Zone Tours have limited times:
Bat Zone Tours:
Saturdays 12:30 and 2:30pm
Sundays 1:30 and 2:30pm
During the tour we had the opportunity to live bats up close! The Organization for Bat Conservation's Bat Zone hosts 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! The nocturnal wildlife sanctuary may offer you the opportunity to see other night-time animals including a two-toed sloth, owls, skunks and flying squirrels.
So, here's the thing... this was cool. It was really cool, the sloth was beyond cool. No seriously, it was really interesting.
Our tour guide, Ian, was very entertaining and knew a lot about the bats and other animals in the conservatory. He's high energy, unlike the sloth, and the two of them together... it's just too much.
The sanctuary has two large rooms with three large enclosures in each.
But I have to tell you, the sloth stole the show....
This large bat has a six foot wingspan. WOW!
I won't spoil the educational value in the tour, but I learned a lot about bats. I highly recommend this tour for children 6 and up and maybe younger if they have an interest in bats. Rosa (age 7) said she enjoyed the tour, but Carlyn (age 4) and Naomi (age 1) only made it about 1/2 way through the tour before Chancellor took them back to the main part of the museum.
With Halloween just around the corner, the Bat Zone would be a great way to incorporate a learning and fun experience into the festivities.
You can find out more about the Bat Zone here: