Monteverde Bat Jungle

This world-class exhibit is the culmination of 40 years of worldwide research by Dr. Richard LaVal, a longtime member of the Monteverde community.

Its exhibits aim to provoke a new appreciation in visitors for these often-misunderstood creatures of the night.


The Bat Jungle’s educational displays cover nearly every facet of a bat’s existence. Visitors will learn about the diversity and abundance of bats, where they roost and what they eat (including such things as fruit, nectar, insects, frogs, fish, birds, lizards and mice), and how their wings compare with the wings of birds. Echolocation is explained, as are the feeding habits of vampire bats.

Other exhibits discuss the importance of bat conservation for controlling the insect population, regenerating tropical forest and pollinating flowers. Specific conservation issues – including the construction of bat houses and transporting unwanted bat populations – are explored as well.

There are more than 95 bats – representing eight different species – living in a flight space that’s designed to look like a nighttime cloud forest. Behind glass windows, visitors can watch the bats feed, fly and hang. It’s possible to observe the bats feeding on fruit at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Visitors that would like to watch this are advised to begin their tour 45 minutes before the scheduled feeding time.

The ultrasonic echolocation calls made by the bats can also be heard, as it’s picked up by a special microphone and broadcast on loudspeakers throughout the viewing area.

The entrance fee is $11 for adults and $9 for students. The Monteverde Bat Jungle is open from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM.

To make advance reservations or arrange for group transportation, please write to thebatjungle@gmail.com