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Now Invading the Louisville Zoo... BIG BIG Bugs!

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Release Date: Mar 27, 2014

Lions and tigers and bugs, oh my! Thirteen gigantic animatronic bugs have crawled into the Louisville Zoo and will be on display March 28 through September 28. 

The bugs are scattered throughout the Zoo and include a 25-foot-by-33-foot Mexican red knee tarantula and 24-foot Emperor Scorpion guaranteed to make a visual impact. 

“Along with most of the bugs being animatronic with moving wings, legs or tentacles, some are also interactive.  For instance, kids can make the Say’s Firefly light up with a simple hand crank, or we have a couple of ladybugs that kids can climb on and make for great photo opportunities,” Zoo Director John Walczak said.

The BIG BIG Bugs! will be spread throughout the Zoo and include black ants, a stag beetle, grasshopper, spider, bumble bee and more. This temporary exhibit is sponsored by Ford Motor Company and is free with Zoo admission: $15.95 (ages 12-59), $11.50 (ages 3-11 and seniors 60 and older), free for children under 2.

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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