I have an irrational fear of bugs. There are far too many incidences where I have literally been ‘trapped’ in a room because a large bug or spider was near the exit route. I literally become paralyzed with fear until (A) someone comes and rescues me, or (B) the bug moves out-of-the-way.
So as you can imagine, when my sister-in-law suggested we all go to the Victoria Bug Zoo, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. I hatched up an alternate plan to wander around the beautiful streets of Victoria while the others were subjecting themselves to bug torture.
However, the ‘lovely afternoon’ I had envisioned was dashed as torrential rain pounded the streets. Without an umbrella to keep me dry, I reluctantly joined everyone in the viewing of mammoth bugs.
Much to my surprise, the experience was rather fun!
What to Expect
The Victoria Bug Zoo offers an opportunity to view and experience real (live) tropical bugs from around the world.
There are approximately 50 different species, including the largest captive ant colony in North America (and possibly even the world).
Other than during the demonstration times (see below) the bugs are well contained in glass terrariums. Posted above each enclosure you will find fascinating facts about the bug inside.
(I have to admit…the information I was seeking was where the bugs originated from. I wanted to be sure to scratch those locations off my travel wish list.
Throughout the day, staff offer ‘demonstration times’ for a closer look at a particular species. If you’re so inclined, it is during this time that spectators have the opportunity of a safe bug handling experience (Ummm, no thank you!).
During our time at the Victoria Bug Zoo, we were able to get up-close-and-personal with Malaysian Jungle Nymphs, Tarantulas, Scorpions, Dead-Leaf Mantis, and Walking Sticks (let’s just say some of us were a little closer than others).
In between occasional involuntary shudders, I found the demonstrations quite interesting. However, I was a bit distracted, for I felt the need to keep a close eye on the bugs that weren’t being shown off. You see, no one, other than myself, seemed to be overly concerned that while the demonstration bug was being passed around, the container where it came from was left wide open…and inside were plenty of other bugs just like it. Thankfully they were well-behaved and didn’t try to make any great escape.
Hours of Operation
Current hours of operation (Spring 2018) are as follows:
- Monday – Friday 11:00 – 4:00
- Saturday and Sunday – 11:00 – 5:00
- Children 4 and under – Free
- Children and Youth – ages 5 – 17 – $8.00
- Adults – 18+ – $12.00
- Seniors (65+) and Post Secondary Students (w/ID) – $8.00
(Rates are current as of March 2018. Please check the Victoria Bug Zoo website for up-to-date information)
The Victoria Bug Zoo is a two-room mini zoo located in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is just one block north of the Fairmont Empress Hotel (which is another must see).
The official address is:
631 Courtney Street, Victoria.
If you are interested in learning more about large tropical bugs and/or you have a fascination with holding them, then the Victoria Bug Zoo would be a good place for you to explore. It is sure to thrill everyone…even the more sceptical visitors (like me!).
Most kids love bugs, so it really is a great way for the family to spend a few hours. If you are a bit hesitant, just remember….if I can live through it ANYONE can!
Have you been to the Victoria Bug Zoo? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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