ZOO CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)
A new seasonal attraction is flying into the Zoo! “IncrediBUGS,” presented by Great Clips, opens June 25 and runs through September 18, 2022. The exhibit, free with Zoo admission or membership, features 18 enormous animatronic bugs and insects, bringing into epic proportions the fascinating world of these small intricate creatures.
Guests can expect to see different species of colorful beetles, ants and an ant mound, a cicada, butterflies, a firefly, a stink bug, a ladybug, a peacock jumping spider, a dragonfly, a walking stick, a katydid, a caterpillar and a hissing cockroach — all waiting to be discovered as wind your way through the Zoo.
“Arthropods are so important to our ecological system,” said Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney. “We hope this exhibit offers a glimpse into their world so that guests can walk away with a better appreciation of their dynamic role.”
Arthropods comprise as much as 85% of all known animal species on earth and include insects, spiders, crustaceans and myriapods. They act as pest control, pollinators and provide a food source for amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The Zoo is open daily year-round. Current hours through September 18, 2022 are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.) The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
About the Louisville Zoo
Since 2011, under Mayor Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary, opened nine new exhibits and attractions, and won national awards for Glacier Run and School at the Zoo. Considered Kentucky’s most popular not-for-profit paid attraction, the Zoo welcomed nearly 9 million guests in the last decade. In 2021, the Zoo was voted “Best Place to Take Kids in Summer,” by LEO Weekly, “Best Kid-Friendly Attraction” by Kentucky Living Magazine and Boo at the Zoo made the Top 10 Halloween Festivals list by thetravel.com. Community Access Memberships, deep-discount days, the Future Healers Got Zoo Buddies partnership and the accessible playground are among prime efforts to make Louisville Zoo even safer, more engaging, and more inclusive. Among the Louisville Zoo’s most successful conservation programs, the black-footed ferret breeding effort produced 1,100 kits and repatriated more than 800 of these most highly endangered, American mammals to the wild.
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 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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