Geoff Brooks

Bat viewing sites around the world

Yolo Basin Wildlife Area

Largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California

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Wyandotte Cave

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

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Waugh Drive Bridge

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

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Wat Khao Wongkhot Bat Cave

Located in Lop Buri Province Thailand

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University of Florida Bat House

Large easily accessible free tailed bat colony in Gainesville Florida

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Taipei Zoo

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

Maternity site for about a million Mexican free tailed bats located in Kickapoo Cavern State Park

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Selman Cave

Located at the Selman Living Laboratory

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Sauta Cave

Saunta Cave is the largest summer roost for the endangered gray bat on the planet It is also the largest bat emergence east of the Mississippi River

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Pura Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple

Located near Klungkung Bali

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Pemba Island

Large colonies of Pemba flying foxes a species recently brought back from near extinction by local conservation efforts

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Orient Mine

Home to a quarter of a million Mexican free tailed bats late June through early September It is predominantly a bachelor roost The Orient Mine is part of Orient Land Trust

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Old Tunnel WMA

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

Summer emergence of 100 000 Gray myotis over Nickajack Lake

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Monfort Bat Cave

The World s largest colony of Rousette fruit bats is located at the Monfort Conservation Park in the Island Garden City of Samal Philippines

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Millie Hill Mine

Located in Iron Mountain Michigan

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Mabul Island Palau Mabul

Mabul Island is home to many Borneo Large Flying Foxes

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La Gruta de Quintero

Located near Quintero Tamaulipas Mexico

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Kasanka National Park

An estimated eight million Straw colored fruit bats migrate to the park every year between October and January

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James River Bat Cave

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

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Hartman Mine

Large bat hibernaculum with six species of bats located at Canoe Creek Park

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Gomatong Caves

Located in the Lower Kinbatangan area Sandakan Sabah Malayasia

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Frio Bat Cave

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

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Devils Sinkhole

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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Devils Den State Park

Located in West Fork Arkansas Numerous caves with hibernating bats

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Congress Avenue Bridge

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

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Clarity Tunnel

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

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Carlsbad Caverns

Large summer colony of Mexican free tailed bats located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Bracken Bat Cave

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

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Bear Gulch Cave

Townsend s big eared bat site in Pinnacles National Monument

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Bat Cave

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

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Bracken Cave Preserve
Jonathan Alonzo

Bracken Cave

This BCI-owned site is home to the world’s largest colony of bats, and it’s located just outside of San Antonio, Texas. During the summer months, visitation to Bracken Cave for BCI members can be arranged by making a reservation.

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Congress Avenue Bridge
Amanda Stronza, Bat Conservation International

Congress Avenue Bridge

One and a half million bats emerge each summer evening from beneath this bridge in Downtown Austin, Texas as crowds reaching hundreds or occasionally thousands of people look on.

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Bracken Cave Preserve
Jonathan Alonzo

Bat-Watching Sites of Texas

Texas is home to the greatest number of bat species in the United States. BCI has partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife to create this useful guide for viewing some of the amazing bats that call Texas home.

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