Behind the scenes with the cultural caretakers of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s one-of-a-kind collections.
Suzanne McLaren is the keeper of the bats. That’s 26,345 bats, if you’re counting, which she definitely is. Let other people deride bats as blood-sucking, hair-messing, swooping demons. McLaren, the collection manager for mammals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, marvels at the webbed wonders that once flew around Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere, and now fill 600 drawers inside a nondescript building in the East End of Pittsburgh.