Bat colonies are
best viewed between Mid April and Mid October
There are several areas in the Texas Hill Country to view these
magnificent creatures. Mexican Free-tailed bats are the most common
variety in the Hill Country.
These viewing areas are listed in order of closeness to Biscuit
Old Tunnel Wildlife
Management Area -
Open 7 days a week for the free upper level viewing & open
Thursdays-Sundays for lower level viewing where there is a charge of
$10 p/adult. Call 1-866-978-2287 for more information or go to their
link provided here. If you want to go, let us know and we can provide
you with a map showing directions from Biscuit Hill.
2. Congress Avenue Bridge - Austin
Observation area is at the south-east corner of the bridge. Call the
Statesman's bat hotline for more information (512) 416-5700.
3. Frio Cave - Concan
This is the State's 2nd largest rural colony. Guided tours are through
Hill Country Adventures, and reservations must be made in advance.
The charge is $10 p/adult Call (830) 966-2320.
4. Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area -
Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced reservations
required. The charge is $12 p/adult. Call (830) 683-2287 for more
information or reservations.
1. Bats are not related to rodents. In fact, fruit
bats may soon re reclassified as primates.
2. Bats are the only flying mammals in the world.
3. Only 3 species of the world's 1,000 + are vampire
bats. They are very small and drink the blood of poultry and other
4. Bats amount to approximately a quarter of all
5. Most bats navigate with high-frequency sounds.
Using sound alone, they can detect obstacles as fine as a human hair
in total darkness.
6. Bats are exceptionally long-lived, some can live
up to 34 years.
7. Like dolphins, most bats are extremely
intelligent. Some have a highly complicated social structure that
includes over 20 different vocalizations.
-Source of information: Bat World Sanctuary
Austin has a bat hospital that works to rehabilitate bats. Visit
http://www.austinbathospital.com for more information.