Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. for Night Eyes; Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. for Night Eyes Admission: $11 Adults, $6 Child; Night Eyes Admission is $6 or $5/members
Blank Park Zoo Conservation Committee is coordinating a special project with Iowa wildlife rehabilitator, Vera Blevins. Blevins rehabilitates bats and is need of roosting pouches for Colonial bats. You can use your sewing talent to help with this project as well. This is also a great project for Scout groups or others learning to sew. The final project can be lopsided or crooked - no one minds!
IMPORTANT: Material should be dark (any color or pattern, but dark is best) and sturdy (denum, cotton, or no-pill fleece)
Please do not use any type of loosely knit materials as the bats' toes will catch. The fabric should be heavy and tightly woven to prevent the inside padding from being pulled through the material by the bats' claws.
1/8 yard for small pocket; 1/4 yard for large pocket
High-loft polyester batting
Cotton or polyester thread (bats' claws may snag on nylon threads)
Roosting pouches should typically measure 7.5 inches wide by 9 inches long. This size will easily accommodate four to six medium-sized adult bats. The size doesn't have to be exact. A rectangle shape with an opening large enough to slip a hand in to retrieve a bat is best.
Begin by cutting two pieces of material into a rectangle that measures approximately 9 inches wide by 20 inches long.
Place the WRONG sides together and stich around three sides.
Turn the rectangle inside out so that the seams are on the inside.
Measure and cut three to four layers of polyester batting to fit inside the rectangle. There should be approximately 1 inch of padding on each side.
Place the batting inside as if putting a pillow inside a pillowcase.
Fold the open edge of the material to the inside and stitch across the top.
Also, stitch through all layers diagonally and horizontally in order to hold the batting in place.
Fold the rectangle in half, stich two edges closed through all layers, leaving one end open to form the entrance.
Turn the pouch inside out.
When completed, please mail or bring to: Blank Park Zoo
Attention: Conservation Committee
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Thank you for your support, time, and talent!