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Name a Roach for your Loved One this Valentine’s Day

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: January 18, 2021 3:15 pm

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

The original name-a-roach is returning ahead of valentines day at the Bronx Zoo. Labelled as the only gift that will truly last a lifetime you can adopt and name one of the Bronx Zoo’s 10,000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches in honor of your loved one for valentines day.

Through this program the Bronx Zoo raise funds to continue their conservation work while offering a fun way to show that special someone that your love will last a lifetime.

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Some of the add-on gifts available with your purchase

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Each symbolic adoption comes with a certificate emailed to the loved one to recognize that the roach has been named in to their honor. To make an extra special impression you can upgrade the package with a loveable plush toy, scented candle or virtual encounter with a roach.

To order your symbolic adoption or added extras visit –

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hissing cockroach bronx zoo

Left: An example of the certificate given Right: The colony of hissing cockroaches at the Bronx Zoo

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are as their name suggests found on the island of Madagascar. They can reach lengths up to 10cm (4in) long. Their namesake hissing sound is created as a defense mechanism.

Unlike other roach species they are not considered a pest species and are not known to regularly enter houses.

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Since its launch in 2011 the original name-a-roach has allowed thousands of people to symbolically adopt their own hissing cockroach. Previously selected names have been inspired by politics, movies, music and more.

Thousands of super-sized Madagascar hissing cockroaches live at the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar! exhibit. Here guests can also meet lemurs, crocodiles and other species found on the island off of Africa’s coast.

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A Madagascar hissing cockroach at the Bronx Zoo

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Learn more about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches here – Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Bronx Zoo on their website – Bronx Zoo


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