Within easy driving distance of the bustling city of San Antonio, a different kind of community thrives in the caves below—15 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Fair warning, if you don't like bats, this isn’t the place for you. There are plenty of other sites in San Antonio to check out. However, if you aren’t bothered by bats or are at least willing to brave them, you shouldn't miss out on one of the most unique attractions that San Antonio has to offer.
Experience flying through Bracken Cave like a bat in the following video:
During the summer months, the bats live and produce offspring in the millions before flying out to Mexico for the winter. In the caves, the newborn bats live in incredibly close quarters, sometimes a staggering 500 per square foot. The population density isn’t their only challenge. With predators around every corner, simply making it to maturity can be a challenge. The fact that not only do so many grow up, but they keep coming back to start the cycle again is a testament to how resilient nature is in the face of even the most challenging obstacles.
Learn more about the bats of Bracken Cave in the video below:
To protect this already delicate ecosystem from the growing human population nearby, Bat Conservation International has bought the cave and the surrounding land to preserve it for future generations. Bat Conservation International also hosts events for watching the untold millions of bats fly out of the cave at dusk to find prey. If this is something that interests you, check out how to become a member on their website.
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