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Visit Cranbrook and the Bat Zone

About the Bat Zone

The Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) has been headquartered at the “Bat Zone” since 2002. The Bat Zone is located behind the Cranbrook Institute of Science and is a sanctuary for more than 150 rescued animals. All of our animal ambassadors were either injured in the wild and rehabilitated, or captive born and raised. None of the animals that we care for can be released into the wild and none of the animals we hold at our facility were uninjured, healthy animals collected to be put into captivity.

Most of our program animals come from other zoos and facilities due to overpopulation or injury. The greater portions of our animal population at the “Bat Zone” are individuals that have suffered permanent injuries that make it difficult or impossible for them to live in a traditional zoo environment. OBC’s enclosures are built with animals with special needs in mind and our caring staff goes the extra mile to ensure the comfort of these unique individuals. We pride ourselves in being a leader in bat husbandry. It’s because of these special accommodations that these extraordinary animals have the opportunity to continue to help educate and impact the people that they meet through our live animal programs.

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 the largest species of bat in the world! You can even meet a colony of Vampire bats! Learn about these unique nighttime animals as you explore this nocturnal sanctuary. Tour themes change each season allowing you to learn new things throughout the year. 

Public Bat Zone tours are available September-May, Saturdays at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and Sundays at 1:30 and 2:30. Late June-August, tours run daily Monday-Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. 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 2014 Bat Walks

Join us every Friday night from June 20-August 29 as we search for bats on the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook. Watch bats dip and dive over ponds and listen to their echolocation with bat detectors. You will also learn about bat habitat, bat houses and the threats that bats face in the area. Bring some bug spray, a flashlight and good walking shoes. Tickets are $5/non-members, $4/members with museum admission and can be purchased at the Cranbrook Institute of Science front desk. 


9:00 pm--June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25 (no walk scheduled July 4)
8:30 pm--August 1, August 8 and August 15
8:00 pm--August 22 and August 29


Get a sneak peak of the Bat Zone with Rob Mies, OBC co-founder and director!

Visit the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Come spend the day with a T-rex, enjoy a show in the planetarium, see a bat program, or just enjoy some time learning at the Cranbrook Institute of Science Museum.