Events & Bat Viewing Sites

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Bat Viewing Sites

Bats are found throughout the world, on all continents except Antarctica. Bats live in forests and woodlands, in the cracks and crevices of stone cliffs, and underground in caves and abandoned mines. Bats also live in urban settings too, in buildings and under bridges. Bats also roost in our backyards and neighborhoods, in hollowed-out trees and under eaves, shingles, and siding.

Watch for bats in your backyard, under streetlights, and near water sources. Click on this map to find bat viewing sites near you.

Yolo Basin

Sacramento, California, U.S.

A wetlands causeway becomes the perfect roost for migrating bats to stage a nightly “flyout”


Wyandotte Cave

Leavenworth, Indiana, U.S.

Largest hibernacula for endangered Indiana myotis in the world located in O Bannon Woods State Park Leavenworth Indiana


Waugh Drive Bridge

Houston, Texas, U.S.

Home to a summer colony of about 250,000 Mexican free tailed bats in Houston Texas


Wat Khao Wongkhot Temple

Thailand, Asia

Thai temple tucked in the mountains with nightly flights of a million or more bats


University of Florida Bat Houses

Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

College campus with more than 400,000 “resident bats”


Taipei Zoo

Taipei, Taiwan

Bats have been found to live in several areas of the zoo including the zoo s forests bamboo groves underground tunnels and culverts and bat houses


Stuart Bat Cave

Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Texas, U.S.

Maternity site for about a million Mexican free tailed bats


Selman Cave

Freedom, Oklahoma, U.S.

Located at the Selman Living Laboratory


Sauta Cave

Near Scottsboro, Alabama, U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of gray bats in night flights east of the Mississippi


Pura Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

Klungkung, Bali

Located near Klungkung Bali


Pemba Island

Tanzania, Africa

African island bat sanctuary with thousands of mega-size flying foxes


Orient Mine

Near Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.

Ghost-town mine becomes migratory roost for a quarter-million bats


Old Tunnel WMA

Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S.

Abandoned railroad tunnel with up to 3 million Mexican free tailed bats and more than 1,000 Cave myotis


Nickajack Cave

South Pittsburg, Tennessee, U.S.

Summer emergence of 100,000 Gray myotis over Nickajack Lake


Monfort Bat Cave

Samal Island, Davao, Philippines

An island paradise for two million fruit bats


Millie Hill Mine

Iron Mountain, Michigan, U.S.

Located in Iron Mountain Michigan


Mabul Island Palau Mabul

Mabul Island, Malaysia

Mabul Island is home to many Borneo Large Flying Foxes


La Gruta de Quintero

Quintero, Mexico

Located near Quintero Tamaulipas Mexico


Kasanka National Park

Zambia, Africa

One of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles with millions of migrating straw-colored bats


James River Bat Cave

Mason, Texas, U.S.

Maternity colony of 4 million to 6 million Mexican free tailed bats located at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve


Gomatong Caves

Sandakan, Malaysia

Located in the Lower Kinbatangan area Sandakan Sabah Malayasia


Frio Bat Cave

Concan, Texas, U.S.

Privately owned cave with a colony of up to 10 million Mexican free tailed bats


Devils Sinkhole

Rocksprings, Texas, U.S.

Large sinkhole inhabitated by 3 million Mexican free tailed bats located in Devil s Sinkhole State Natural Area near Rocksprings Texas


Congress Avenue Bridge

Austin, Texas, U.S.

Largest urban colony of bats in the world located in Austin Texas


Clarity Tunnel

Quitaque, Texas, U.S.

Abandoned railroad tunnel located along the Trailway of Caprock Canyon State Park


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Spectacular bat flight programs and a haven for 17 bat species


Bracken Bat Cave

San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Summer home to millions of Mexican free tailed bats Open Wednesday through Sunday nights with reservations through October 10


Bear Gulch Cave

Pinnacles National Park, California, U.S.

Hiking through a bat cave, home to a breeding colony of bats


Bat Cave

Naracoorte, Australia

Largest breeding colony of Southern bentwing bats located in Naracoorte Caves National Park


Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world’s largest bat colony and one of the largest concentrations of mammals on Earth. The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.

During the summer months, guests can expect to see a tornado of bats from rustic wooden benches in beautiful Texas hill country.

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