Visit the Bat Zone

Bat Zone Tours

Bat Zone tours are available Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30 and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 and daily during summer hours. School and group visits can be scheduled by calling Cranbrook Institute of Science at 248-645-3210 or by visiting the Cranbrook Teachers Page.

The Bat Zone is home to over 150 bats from around the world!

Visit the Bat Zone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see award-winning LIVE bat programs that explore the fascinating world of bats. Find out why bats are beneficial, how to attract them, and the importance of their conservation. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bat Zone to see large fruit bats (some with 6-foot wingspans), small micro bats, a rare sloth, owls, flying squirrels, and more.

The Cranbrook Institute of Science is a great place to explore science, technology, and natural history. Join 200,000+ visitors who every year appreciate the value of the Institute's fascinating exhibits, hands-on activities, and planetarium shows. You can enjoy a picnic on the lovely grounds, or a snack in the cafe. At the Institute you will discover family-friendly events, up-to-date scientific information, and some pretty outstanding sights. From sparkling diamonds to the towering T. rex, to live animals in the Bat Zone, you will find something of interest.

Watch a video tour of the Bat Zone!

Come spend the day, see a bat program, visit our bats, and enjoy time at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Vampire Bats Invade the Bat Zone!

We are happy to report that a colony of over 20 Common Vampire Bats were transferred to the Organization for Bat Conservation's Bat Zone from the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo. The zoo needed to reduce the size of their colony due to overcrowding and behavioral issues. The new additions are settling in well after a long drive to their new home and have moved into the Bat Zone's collection. The colony is diverse, with ages ranging from as young as 1-year old, to almost 30 years of age. All are in good health and are going to be extraordinary ambassadors, teaching people about the benefits of all bats. The Vampire Bats are settled in and ready to meet you at the Bat Zone!

Quick facts about Vampire Bats:

  • There are 3 species of vampire bats: the Common, Hairy-Legged, and White-Winged
  • Vampire bats only live in Mexico and Central and South America
  • The vampire bats' habitat is in caves, mines, tree hollows, and abandoned buildings
  • Vampire bats are small, weighing about an ounce and with a wingspan for about 14 inches.
  • These bats feed mainly on cow blood
  • Clot busting (thrombolytic) protein in the vampire bats' saliva allows blood to flow freely while feeding. This has aided manufacturing of human heart medicine. View the complete article here
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