Monday, February 1, 2016

Name a Bronx Zoo Madagascar hissing cockroach after your Valentine

Photo courtesy of WCS/Julie Larsen Maher.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there is one last minute gift that will last forever. WCS’s Bronx Zoo has brought back the Name-a-Roach – a light-hearted way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings will last a lifetime.

The original Name-a-Roach launched in 2011.

 and thousands of hopeless romantics from around the world have named real live Madagascar hissing cockroaches at WCS’s Bronx Zoo after their favorite loved one, “ex,” or mother-in-law. The zoo is again offering the opportunity to name a new crop of cockroaches for Valentine’s Day 2016. Each gift comes with a colorful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honor.

For a $10 donation, your loved one, or unloved one, will receive a certificate, featuring the name chosen for your Valentine’s roach. New this year, for a $25 donation, the certificate will come with a chocolate roach-themed treat hand-made with love by Nunu Chocolate Company in Brooklyn. (chocolates must be ordered by Tue., Feb. 2 to ensure delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are the world’s largest roach species reaching nearly four-inches long. The namesake hissing noise is emitted as a defense mechanism. Like nearly every roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.

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