11th Annual Lubee Bat Festival on Oct. 24

slidepicThe 2015 festival is on Saturday, October 24, from 10am-4pm. The 11th Annual Florida Bat Festival is an opportunity for attendees to view giant fruit bats, tour the conservancy grounds and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about how fruit bats benefit environments and ecosystems worldwide. Last year we welcomed over 4,400 guests and attendance is expected to increase this year. The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close.

The bats at Lubee boast wingspans of up to six feet across. Guests will get to observe how the bats interact with each other, play with their toys and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, a truly unique sight. Food and refreshments, and “batty” merchandise (including bat houses) will be available for purchase at the event. Also, other local environmental organizations will offer educational materials at their booths spread across the beautiful grounds of the conservancy.

The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs. The festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a 110-acre ranch, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.

Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. We highly recommend grabbing your friends or family and carpooling! For more information, please email us at batfest@lubee.org or See more at: http://lubee.org/events/annual-bat-festival/#sthash.JXH87t7x.dpuf.

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