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The Bugs Have Arrived!

Welcome to the amazing world of insects and spiders. A visit to this must see zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view and experience multi-legged creatures from around the world in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere. Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover over 40 fascinating species including Canada's largest ant farm. The knowledgeable "bug guides" will reveal the exotic secrets of this hidden kingdom and provide a safe animal handling experience for the more adventurous. Imagine holding a tickling 400 leg millipede that stretches the length of your forearm! Bring your camera. It's an unforgettable, hands-on adventure. While in Victoria be sure to crawl, fly or wriggle your way to the Bug Zoo™!

For a unique shopping experience....
visit the Bug Zoo™ Giftshop. You will discover a bugtastic selection of items from the beautiful to the bizarre, wacky to the whimsical, and local crafts to out-of-this-world! It's an entirely different shopping adventure for kids and adults alike. Take home something unique, a pet tarantula, an insect collecting kit, something beautiful for your home, or a colourful Bug Zoo™ t-shirt. Hey, how about a Cricket-Lick-It™ bug infused lollipop?

The Bug Zoo™ is located at 631 Courtney Street between Government Street and Douglas Street, just one block north of the Fairmont Empress Hotel (accessible from Humboldt and Douglas Streets through Nootka Court - follow the signs). Wheelchair and stroller access on Courtney Street only. Group rates available.

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Here's what some of our visitors are saying about the Bug Zoo™:
"Buggerific!"
"Best visiting spot in all of Victoria!"
"Excellent...he loved it and I felt like a kid again!"
"I know a lot of women who would like to be mantids!"
"Absolutely fascinating. The girls loved it. Thank you for the tour."
"Great explanations and show. Nice staff."
"The millipede felt great and weird!"


New Arrivals at the Bug Zoo™
* Giant Stag Beetles
* Frog Beetles
* Malaysian Tiger Beetles
* Giant Bush Crickets
* Pharnacia World's Longest Insect

Other residents...
* Scorpions
* Giant Sonoran centipede
* White-eyed Assassin Bugs
* Dead-Leaf Mantis
* Leaf Cutter Ants
* Walking Sticks
* Millipedes
* Tarantulas
* Malaysian Jungle Nymphs
and more...
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Check out some bugs right now!
Click here to watch a pair of hard working dung beetles do their thing...
Click here to have a peek at the zoo...

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All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Victoria Bug Zoo™, A Division of International Bug Zoos Inc. is prohibited. This business is Trademark protected.
631 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B8 - ph. (250) 384-BUGS; fax: (250) 389-2847

Last revised: June 24, 2013