Giant bugs have invaded the Fort Worth Zoo

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Giant bugs have invaded the Fort Worth Zoo

Zoo debuts new temporary exhibit GIGANTABUGS!

FORT WORTH, Texas – More than a dozen super-sized insects and arachnids have taken over the Fort Worth Zoo. GIGANTABUGS!, a new temporary exhibit, features 13 larger-than-life, animatronic bugs scattered throughout the Zoo beginning Saturday, April 5, through Sunday, July 6, 2014.

From Texas-native insects like the seven-spotted lady beetle (ladybug), to the Madagascan sunset moth and the European stag beetle, GIGANTABUGS! offers diverse species to discover. The enormous replicas allow guests to experience the magnified sights and sounds of creatures up to 709 times larger than their real-life counterparts. Several of the mechanical invertebrates have interactive features, including the Say’s firefly that lights up by the turn of a hand-crank, or the bombardier beetle that sprays cool water at guests standing nearby.

The zoo-wide adventure isn’t limited to the colossal look-alikes; many of these mechanical bugs’ real-life counterparts can be found in permanent exhibits throughout the park. The Museum of Living Art (MOLA) and Texas Wild! are home to several related species.

“This dynamic exhibit creates a fun and hands-on educational experience for guests of all ages,” said Zoo Executive Director Michael Fouraker. “The size of these mechanical creatures gives us an opportunity to highlight their unique features and value to the ecosystem in a memorable way.”

GIGANTABUGS! is included with regular Fort Worth Zoo admission or membership. Regular admission rates are $12 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3 to 12), free for toddlers 2 and under and $9 for seniors. Admission is half-price every Wednesday throughout the year. The Zoo is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) every Saturday and Sunday until Sept. 21.

Editor’s Note: GIGANTABUGS! featured species: black ants; bombardier beetle; meadow grasshopper; Say’s firefly; stag beetle; Mexican red-knee tarantula; Madagascan sunset moth; blue-eyed darner dragonfly; emperor scorpion; giant devil’s flower mantis; orb weaver spider; red-tailed bumble bee; seven-spotted lady beetle.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.

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For further information, contact:

Alexis Wilson, Communications Director
awilson@fortworthzoo.org

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