Welcome to the Bat Zone!
Tours are available Saturdays at 12:30 and 2:30 PM, 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.
We’re located behind the Cranbrook Institute of Science at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, MI
About the Bat Zone
The BatZone is Michigan’s premier Nocturnal Animal Sanctuary and the headquarters and heart of our entire operation. Located on the campus of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the BatZone is home to more than 200 animals, all of whom have been either rehabilitated or captive born. None of the animals that we care for can be released into the wild, and are often in need of specialized care.
Bat Zone Tours
Take a personal, behind-the-scenes tour with a trained education specialist to experience bats in flight, flying squirrels, owls, a two-toed sloth and skunks! You will also have the opportunity to see the largest species of bat in the world and meet a colony of Vampire bats. Learn fun facts you never knew and ways you can take action!
Summer Bat Walks
Join us on Friday 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.
Just a few of the faces you’ll see at the BatZone!
Straw-Colored Fruit Bat
Southern Two-Toed Sloth
Southern Flying Squirrel
Short-Tailed Fruit Bat
Rodrigues Flying Fox
Malayan Flying Fox
Jamaican Leaf-Nosed Bat
Indian Flying Fox
Great Horned Owl
Egyptian Fruit Bat
Eastern Screech Owl
Dog-Faced Fruit Bat
Common Vampire Bat
Big Brown Bat
More ways to see Bats
Live Animal Programs
Have one of our specialized bat educators teach you all there is to know about bats.
Throughout the year, we travel across the country to libraries, museums and festivals. Find out when we will be near you.
Live too far from us? Bring one of our live animal programs to your students through our Distance Learning option.