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The Bat Jungle

Address: Frente Restaurante Tramonti en Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 5655, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-2645-7701
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: # 85 live bats free-flying in our huge enclosure, designed to resemble the cloud forest at night...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Owner description: # 85 live bats free-flying in our huge enclosure, designed to resemble the cloud forest at night# Guided tour by professional guides takes about 45 minutes# The tour is both informative, educational and entertaining, with a focus on biology and conservation# Cleverly designed interpretive exhibits, like our giant ears, huge bat heads, and bat skeleton.# You will see, at close range, 85 tropical fruit-eating and nectar-feeding bats from the Monteverde area# Our bats fly, eat, socialize, and even give birth before your eyes
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Richard LaVal is arguably the foremost bat expert around, and his gracious and informative talk about bats of every kind was fascinating and fun. High recommended.

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I went here for a class on rainforest ecology. I'm terrified of bats (may have cried a little at this attraction), but it was still very interesting and educational. I would totally go again.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I never knew much about bats and if it was anything it was more on the negative side. This was an eye opener and a great education. It was also interesting to view the different bats behind the glass wall. The man who started this project has a very long history with bats and is well respected in the community... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were here in early January 2015. I am a bat person, and with the help of The Bat Jungle, my family became bat people do. So informative and incredible, they teach people how important bats and our world really is. An absolute must stop by if you are in Monteverde, do not miss this! The best part is when... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Enjoyed the talk beforehand, learned a lot (more bats than birds in Monterverde). Bat propaganda but who else is going to do it? Terrific to see the bats active, roosting in their small groups and feeding and flying.

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My family and I stopped in here one morning looking to kill some time, and were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide that did our tour. We learned everything one could ever possible want to know about bats. Not a lot to see, but so much to learn.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Low expectations were ravaged by our wonderful experience... knew very little about bats, and hence, were a bit weirded out by them. After the informative tour and hanging out in the enclosure room, wow, I have a whole new sense of appreciation for bats. We were part of a sizable group, but the hosts made sure everyone had an opportunity... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place is well worth the visit, and the persistence in trying to join a tour. When we arrived at 14.30 on the first day, we were advised that the next tour would be at 15.00, so we waited. Then, at 15.00, we were told that unfortunately they could not accommodate my husband and me as they had a group... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We only ended up here because our ziplining adventure was cancelled due to wasps, and because a friend we made along our travels loved bats and wanted to check out the Bat Jungle. What a lovely little detour! We got there just in time for a tour, so we got lucky. Vino, the Belgian biologist, gave us a fun PowerPoint... More 

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you're interested in learning more about bats, it's worth a visit here, but the displays are limited to signage and a couple of rooms with models, etc. The bat enclosure itself was interesting, but there were only two species, and they aren't native to Costa Rica (apparently it's only practical to keep fruit or nectar-eating species).

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rklaval, Owner at The Bat Jungle, responded to this review

Amazing that smithatnt got the impression that there were only two species of bats at the Bat Jungle (there are EIGHT species), and that they were not native to ¨Costa Rica. ALL of them are native to Costa Rica. More 

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