Live Animal Programs

Call 1-800-276-7074 or contact OBC for more info.
Where else can you see LIVE bats up-close and personal? 
The Organization for Bat Conservation presents educational programs throughout the United States featuring LIVE bats. All bats used in programs are either permanently injured animals or zoo animals and therefore are unreleasable. Our programs are one of the most unique in the world, exhibiting such bats as endangered Rodrigues flying foxes, beautiful dog-faced bats, and many more. 
Plus, our facility, the Bat Zone, is a sanctuary for our animals. All bats live in large flight cages (even if they can't fly, as most of them have come to us because of wing injuries), have a full time keeper whom is dedicated to their welfare (environmental enrichment, foods they enjoy, and trees and branches rotated in their cage). We love our bats and care deeply for them, each bat is worked with individually for many months before we can determine whether he or she enjoys programs. In return, our bats are non-threatened and enjoy coming out in front of people. 
We at OBC are extremely proud of our programs and our bats! OBC's live bat programs have won many awards and are truly unique experience! 
You can expect an hour long program with face-to-face contact with LIVE bats. If you would like to book a program in Michigan, contact us at 1-800-276-7074 or email us. 


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.
If you are outside the state of Michigan, no problem. Please go to Special Live Bat Programs by the Director. These programs are wonderful and include the largest bat in the world, the endangered golden bat, and many more. If you would like an estimate please call (800-276-7074) or email us.
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