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Giant Bugs Invading Assiniboine Park Zoo, But Only for the Summer

March 21, 2018 11:42 AM | Entertainment

Xtreme BUGS

A giant Japanese hornet is one of several large creatures making up the Xtreme BUGS exhibit this summer at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (PREMIER EXHIBITIONS)

Scared of bugs? Don’t be. These ones don’t bite. Well, probably not.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is debuting a new attraction to visitors this summer featuring 19 giant animatronic bugs.

Xtreme BUGS will include a 21-foot Japanese hornet and a 13-foot praying mantis, giving zoo visitors an up-close look at the physical characteristics of bugs and the science behind the behaviours of the creatures.

“This is going to be an exciting and immersive experience for visitors of all ages”, said Grant Furniss, senior director, animal care and conservation at Assiniboine Park Zoo.

“Bugs have a critical role to play in our environments and we’re hoping to share those stories through this engaging exhibit. The exaggerated size and characteristics of these creatures is going to be fascinating.”

Xtreme BUGS will be accompanied by specific bug-themed programs and workshops for pre-school aged children and school groups for an additional cost.

The exhibit will be included with regular zoo admission and only available for a limited time. A specific opening date will be announced later this spring.