Bat Zone

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The Bat Zone is open to the public for tours daily in the summer and on weekends during the school year.

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We’re located behind the Cranbrook Institute of Science at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, MI

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About the Bat Zone

The Bat Zone is a Live Animal Center designed to teach the public about bats and other nocturnal animals. Located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Bat Zone houses more than 200 animals. All of the animals were either rehabilitated or captive born and raised. None of the animals that we care for can be released into the wild.

Bat Zone Tours

Take a personal, behind-the-scenes tour with a bat expert at the Bat Zone and experience bats in flight, flying squirrels, owls, a two-toed sloth and skunks. You will also see the largest species of bat in the world and meet a colony of Vampire bats! Learn about these unique nighttime animals as you explore this live animal center.

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

Summer Bat Walks

Join us on Friday and Saturday nights all summer long as we look for bats on the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook. Watch bats dip and dive over ponds, see bats fly through the sky and listen to echolocation with sophisticated bat detectors.

Tickets are available at the Cranbrook Institute of Science front desk for $5 ($4 Institute Members) plus museum admission. Call 248-645-3200 for times.

Animals to discover at the Bat Zone

Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider

Striped Skunk
Striped Skunk

Straw-Colored Fruit Bat
Straw-Colored Fruit Bat

Southern Two-Toed Sloth
Southern Two-Toed Sloth

Southern Flying Squirrel
Southern Flying Squirrel

Short-Tailed Fruit Bat
Short-Tailed Fruit Bat

Rodrigues Flying Fox
Rodrigues Flying Fox

Malayan Flying Fox
Malayan Flying Fox

Little Brown Bat
Little Brown Bat

Jamaican Leaf-Nosed Bat
Jamaican Leaf-Nosed Bat

Indian Flying Fox
Indian Flying Fox

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Evening Bat
Evening Bat

Egyptian Fruit Bat
Egyptian Fruit Bat

Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl

Dog-Faced Fruit Bat
Dog-Faced Fruit Bat

Common Vampire Bat
Common Vampire Bat

Big Brown Bat
Big Brown Bat

Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragon

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

More ways to see Bats

Live Animal Programs

Have one of our specialized bat educators teach you all there is to know about bats.

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Upcoming Events

Throughout the year, we travel across the country to libraries, museums an festivals. Find out when we will be near you.

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Distance Learning

Live too far from us? Bring one of our live animal programs to your students through our Distance Learning option.

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