BATS: Out of the Darkness

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Bats are often misunderstood, but they are fascinating creatures. Did you know that a single Little Brown Bat can eat over 600 mosquitos in an hour? Or that BC is home to 15 of Canada’s 18 species of bats? Or that bats account for nearly 20% of all mammal species worldwide?! Yes, a fifth of the mammals on the planet are bats! Bats are also the only mammals that can truly fly.

With so many bats in our midst you’d think we’d know more about them, but most of us are in the dark about bats. However, their survival depends on our enlightenment. This exhibition shines a light on the bats of British Columbia, bringing them out of the darkness and into our consciousness. The exhibition celebrates these amazing creatures and serves as a reminder of how essential bats are to the environment and the economy.

This is your chance to see bats in a new light! Discover fascinating facts about bats, examine BC bat specimens up close and hear their calls, uncover common myths about bats and join a virtual bat count. Visit the exhibition to learn about the threats bats face and how you can help these fascinating mammals.

For more information contact Amanda Snyder, Curatorial Manager at
asnyder@kelownamuseums.ca / 250.763.2417 ext 29


BATS: Out of the Darkness is available to borrow! Contact Jasmine Marshall, Exhibition Coordinator, for more details. jmarshall@kelownamuseums.ca / 250.763.2417 ext. 22


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Hoary bats are the largest bats in BC. ©MerlinTuttle.org


BATS: Out of the Darkness has been made possible through the collaboration of community and institutional partners:

Bat Education Ecological Protection Society

Community Bat Programs of BC

En’owkin Centre

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Kelowna Museums Society

Nature Kids BC

Okanagan Community Bat Program

Okanagan Nation Alliance

Penticton Museum & Archives, City of Penticton

Province of BC

Regional District of Central Okanagan

South Okanagan Conservation Fund



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