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Bugs Alive!

Bugs Alive! Now Open

The popular Bugs Alive! program is back with a new home at the Nature Play Garden!

Discover Bugs

Encounter Crawly Creatures
Keepers will host live bug presentations on a stage in the garden, and people of all ages can meet bugs like a Chilean rose tarantula, Peruvian cave roach or emperor scorpion and discover the important roles bugs play in our daily lives. A large video monitor will show the audience a magnified view of the bugs during presentations.
Daily Presentations Schedule
Insects That Won't Bug You
Bugs Alive! is back and in a new home. Visit the stage in the Nature Play Garden for close encounters with small animals and insects. Zookeepers host live bug presentations. Discover the important role that bugs play in our daily lives.

Meet the bugs!

Brazilian Black Tarantula
Emperor Scorpion
Peruvian Cave Roach
Giant African Millipede
Chilean Rose Tarantula
Tobacco Hornworm
Jungle Nymph
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