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The Bug Zoo is a diverse collection of live Arthropods for the purposes of education and outreach with the mission to promote awareness, dispel myths and ignite curiosity in the unseen world of Arthropods.
Entomology's Bug Zoo is currently located on the Ohio State CFAES Wooster Campus, in a space that doubles as the department's conference room, in a building constructed in the 1920s! With your help our "BugZooWoo" dreams will be realized by creating an expanded and more dynamic Bug Zoo within a dedicated space in the New Science building at the center of CFAES Wooster campus in late Autumn 2020. Check out our live construction feed here!
Although the Department of Entomology is providing basic funding for the renovation, gifts to our Buckeye Funder will secure long-term enhancements which better facilitate an interactive experience through staff, displays and outreach. Further, the permanent displays will be of a higher quality, and thus no need to replace in the near future.
"BugZooWoo" has more than 45 unique Insect and Arachnid Arthropod species, including some of the most impressive: Australian walking sticks, Hercules beetles, giant millipedes, bird-eating tarantulas and 9 species of exotic cockroaches! Program Coordinator, Jeni Filbrun, maintains this collection under the direction of Entomology Chair: Dr. Jamie Strange, Associate Chair: Dr. Andy Michel and Program Director: Denise Ellsworth.
An unfortunate reality is that many people fear bugs, creating the inability to appreciate and understand the significant contributions Arthropods have on the health of our planet. The BugZooWoo's collection of live animals are accessible and presented in a non-threatening way, allowing people of all ages to explore even the smallest wonders of nature in a safe environment, and enticing budding young entomologists into the exciting field of Entomology.