Every year, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats return to The Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area near Freedom, Oklahoma as part of their migratory path. The bats travel over 1,400 miles to give birth to their young and care for them in this protected area. The bat cave is closed to the public except for special events, and during July it is open on eight select nights for only a limited number of visitors who pre-register. Here are all the details you need to know about this special event:

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Click here for the registration link to the Selman Bat Watch. If you’re looking for aboveground caves to explore, check out the caves at Robber’s Cave State Park.

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