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.

Monfort Bat Cave

Samal Island, Davao, Philippines

An island resort paradise for humans and two million fruit bats.

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Millie Hill Mine

Iron Mountain, Michigan, U.S.

Finding this bat-viewing site is part of the adventure and experience.

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Kasanka National Park

Zambia, Africa

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

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Bat viewing site. Carlsbad Cavern. New Mexico. Cave formations.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.

Spectacular bat flight programs and a haven for 17 bat species.

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BCI's Bracken Cave Preserve, Jonathan Alonzo

Bracken Cave Preserve

Near San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Nightly during summer months, visitors experience what is described as a batnado (rhymes with tornado) as millions of bats swirl upward from Bracken Cave into the darkening sky.

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Bear Gulch Cave

Pinnacles National Park, California, U.S.

Hike through a bat cave, home to a breeding colony of bats.

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Adventure Mine

Greenland, Michigan, U.S.

Tours of a historic copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provide important messages about bat conservation.

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Yolo Basin

Near Sacramento, California, U.S.

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

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Wyandotte Caves

Near Leavenworth, Indiana, U.S.

During summer months, explore an active bat cave where Endangered Indiana bats shelter for the winter.

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Wat Khao Wongkhot Temple

North of Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Visitors to a sacred historic temple witness nightly flights of a million or more bats.

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University of Florida Bat Houses

Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

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

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Pemba Island

Tanzania, Africa

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

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Orient Mine

Near Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.

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

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Waugh Drive Bridge

Houston, Texas, U.S.

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

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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.

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Stuart Bat Cave

Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Texas, U.S.

Maternity site for about a million Mexican free tailed bats

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Selman Cave

Freedom, Oklahoma, U.S.

Located at the Selman Living Laboratory

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Sauta Cave

Near Scottsboro, Alabama, U.S.

Witness hundreds of thousands of gray bats in night flights east of the Mississippi.

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Pura Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

Klungkung, Bali

Located near Klungkung Bali

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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

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Nickajack Cave

South Pittsburg, Tennessee, U.S.

Summer emergence of 100,000 Gray myotis over Nickajack Lake

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Mabul Island Palau Mabul

Mabul Island, Malaysia

Mabul Island is home to many Borneo Large Flying Foxes

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La Gruta de Quintero

Quintero, Mexico

Located near Quintero Tamaulipas Mexico

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Eckhert James River Bat Cave

Mason, Texas, U.S.

Historic ranch with limestone cave that seasonally shelters a maternity colony of migrating bats. At dusk, millions of bats take flight.

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Gomatong Caves

Sandakan, Malaysia

Located in the Lower Kinbatangan area Sandakan Sabah Malayasia

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Frio Bat Cave

Concan, Texas, U.S.

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

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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

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Congress Avenue Bridge

Austin, Texas, U.S.

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

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Clarity Tunnel

Quitaque, Texas, U.S.

Bats roost in an abandoned railroad tunnel along the Trailway of Caprock Canyon State Park,

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Naracoorte Bat Cave

Naracoorte, Australia

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

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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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