Back again just in time for Valentine’s Day, the El Paso Zoo is launching its “Quit Bugging Me” event that gives people a chance to name a cockroach after an ex or someone that has been “buggin” them.
Starting February 1 through February 15, fans are encouraged to make a small donation while submitting a name on the Zoo’s website.
This year, zookeepers will feed Madagascar cockroaches to different zoo animals such as meerkats, birds, and primates throughout the Valentine’s Day weekend, all in the name of pettiness.
Donations collected will remain at the zoo for conservation efforts and to further the zoo’s mission statement. As a special incentive, El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano will eat a cockroach for every $1,000 raised.
In 2019, the zoo received more than 7,000 name submissions from all over the world and collected more than $3,000 in donations.
The Madagascar cockroaches that will be fed to the animals are ethically frozen and are given to the animals regularly. The Zoo purchases 1.5 million insects annually to feed to zoo animals.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about animals at the Zoo and the importance of insects in our ecosystem,” said El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano. “This is a normal part of these animals’ diets in the wild. While in our care, we try to replicate that as much as possible.”
The roaches will be fed to the animals at the Zoo on Valentine’s Day and on Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16. The zoo will also live stream the event on its Facebook page.
For more information and to submit a name, visit the El Paso Zoo website.
The El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.