VIDEO: Bracken Bat Cave – Home to the Largest Bat Colony in the World

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August 8, 2009

by Brian Brawdy

As an explorer and full-time RVer, I am constantly looking for new lessons; for new ways to learn from the wilderness at hand. Bringing the far away to my own front door is a passion of mine; learning while I am there is a necessity.

“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” I think that’s how William Wordsworth put it. This week during an appearance in Austin, Texas at Princess Craft¬†Campers and Trailers I met a local college Professor with a passion for RVs and exploration. John asked if I had ever witnessed the “emergence at Bracken Cave” or the “20 Million plus bats that make the cave home.”

“Not yet, the day is young” I replied. “To the Bat Cave”…so to speak.

Just about 20 miles outside of San Antonio, Texas the Bracken Bat Cave and the Colony that lives there, is far and away, one of the coolest natural occurrences I have ever witnessed.

I’ve hiked with Grizzly Bears in Alaska, chased down an apple-stealing-monkey in China, walked a dry river bed with the Wolves of Yellowstone, explored the habitat of the salt-water-Crocodiles and the Alligators of the Everglades in South Florida, studied the Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park; all very cool.

But there is something, as you will soon see, about the 20-35 million Mexican free-tailed-Bats of Bracken that literally took my breath away.

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