The El Paso Zoo’s brilliant ‘anti-Valentine’s promotion’ went viral back when they first tried it in 2019, and they’re back for more in 2020…

“Name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat” was so popular that this year’s event will run over three days, and you can feed cockroaches to a wide range of animals including meerkats, primates, birds, and small mammals.

“The massively viral promotion QUIT BUGGING ME is back at the El Paso Zoo! These animals will be receiving cockroaches over a 3-day anti-Valentine’s Day promotion starting February 14th – 16th!”

According to the zoo, “The animals are regularly given enrichment to keep them stimulated both mentally and physically. Madagascar hissing cockroaches are ethically frozen and given to insectivores as determined by our zoo veterinarian staff. Insects are a normal part of these animals’ diets, in captivity or the wild. While in our care, we try to replicate this as much as possible.”

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The feedings will also be streamed on the Zoo’s social media sites.

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Zoo director will ALSO eat a cockroach – based on donations

“Speaking of eating cockroaches, our zoo director, Joe, has agreed to eat a cockroach for every $1,000 raised in donations!” says the Zoo.

“We highly encourage our fans to donate to this great cause as the funds will stay right here at the El Paso Zoo and will help us further our mission statement that The El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.”

You can submit a name via the online form, and all donations will go towards the care of the animals and their upkeep at the El Paso Zoo.


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