Live Bat Cams
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ABOUT THE FRUIT BATS
The fruit bats you will see have been rescued from the exotic pet trade, researched, and retired from zoos. Many of these bats have had terrible lives before finding sanctuary with us. Some of the bats came from people who purchased them as pets and then realized they were ill-equipped to care for them (we commend these people for doing the right thing). The bats range in size from a body of 2 inches long with a wingspan of 6″ to a body about the size of a small cat. Night-time footage will be in night vision, which makes the bats’ eyes and other objects glow. During the day the cameras are under normal lighting so “maid service” can occur. At night the volume is turned on at the toy box cam so you can hear the fruit bats vocalizing as well as toys (babble balls) making funny noises. The fruit bats usually become active at about 7 to 8 pm CST during the summer and 6 to 7 pm during the winter. Click here for a detailed video description of the fruit bat enclosure that was made for bat care professionals.
FRUIT BAT TOY BOX
This view shows the fruit bats’ toy box as well as toys that the bats like to hang from and play with. A sweet potato kabob, a mango net and salad buckets are in view. Treat time (mango, lettuce & cubed melon) occurs between 7:00 to 9:00 every evening. Note: Treat time varies depending on the number of rescues we’ve received and cared for that day.
FRUIT BATS’ FEEDING TREE
This view shows the “feeding tree” where juice bottles, romaine lettuce, treat cups, treat puzzles and troughs of fresh cubed fruit are hung. The fruit mixture contains apples, pears, melon, berries & banana and assorted tropical fruit. A group of elderly African fruit bats usually gather under the tree first every evening. Egyptian fruit bats, Jamaican fruit bats and short-tailed fruit bats will also be seen at the troughs throughout the night.
FRUIT BAT’S ROOSTING AREA
This is one of two roosting areas used by the fruit bats during the day. There are hammocks and plush vines to cling from as well as roosting curtains to hide behind. A sweet potato kabob and juice bottles are also available. Several elderly Egyptian fruit bat ladies sometimes like to crowd into the fabric hammock to sleep, and tiny short-tailed fruit bats will often be seen hanging in front of the camera. This camera is always in night vision.
FRUIT BAT’S SEMI-OUTDOOR FLIGHT AREA
The semi-outdoor flight area is enclosed inside a large bay that has two 14′ doors facing the backyard and the woods beyond that. Security bars and zoomesh guard the bay doors from predators and insects while allowing the bats to enjoy the nighttime sounds and air in complete safety. Several skylights above the flight area allow natural light inside. During the winter the large bay doors are closed and an industrial heater is used to heat the bay so the bats can enjoy this space year-round. The camera faces the door where the bats fly in and out from their indoor flight area. This cam shows a salad bucket, a mango net, and other fruits strung on the rope.
ABOUT THE INSECT BATS
The insectivorous bats you will see are all adult micro bats (free-tails, big browns and myotis bats) ranging from 1″ to 2″ in length. These bats are not releasable due to wing injuries or other handicaps. The bats will wake and come out to eat, cluster together and vigorously groom about 8 to 9pm CST. They often appear during the day to have a “midnight snack.” Click here for a detailed video description of the insectivorous bat enclosure that was made for bat care professionals.
The Insect Bat Cave
The camera is facing the back corner of a miniature cave where the insect-eating bats live. Simulated rock ledges provide enrichment and also hold food (mealworms). Occasionally a worm will escape and can be seen crawling along the wall or ceiling. This camera is always in night vision. (Note: There are actually five feeding dishes, only two are in view.)
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MORE LIVE CAMS AVAILABLE
SQUIRRBLE TOWN AND DEER CAFÉ CAMS!
Please enjoy watching the birds, squirrels aka “squirrbles”, raccoons, opossums and deer who come to feed on Bat World Sanctuary’s land.
This is the main barn for the rescued goats and sheep. The barn is cooled during the hot months with fans in addition to an evaporative cooler. The barn is heated with panel heaters during the winter so the temperature stays around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs cots are provided for resting but some goats prefer to lay on the concrete. At night the goats are locked inside to protect everyone from coyotes.
New! LAMB CAM
We have rescued three sheep from slaughter, one adult in 2022 and then a few months later, two youngsters. Unbeknownst to us, one of the young girls, named Ember, was pregnant and she surprised us with a beautiful baby girl on Jan. 26th, 2023. Please tune in often and watch baby “Bliss” play and grow! Note: When cleaning the barn, mom and Bliss are moved to a different stall to add diversity to their day.