Bat Zone bids farewell to Cranbrook

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Organization for Bat Conservation, which has been housed in the Cranbrook Institute of Science for 15 years, is about to take flight for a new home.

The Bat Zone will be expanding to a 10,000-square-foot headquarters in the First Federal building in Pontiac next month, with plans to open to the public in July. The organization, which initiated the digital #SaveTheBats campaign, was founded 20 years ago and has educated nearly 250,000 people annually on the important role that bats play in the ecosystem and what elements of the environment are directly impacting their survival, like the dangerous white nose fungus.

“Cranbrook Institute of Science has been a valuable partner and ally over the years, and has been tremendously supportive of our mission to save bats and educate young audiences across the nation,” OBC Executive Director Rob Mies said in a prepared statement. “Now, during OBC’s 20th anniversary year, we’re ready to make the leap to a new space, while also ensuring that our partnership will continue far into the future.”

Before the bats start packing up, the institute is packing in as many tours as it can before its final day on campus May 28.

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