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Ross and John's campaign to name Melbourne Zoo's baby stick Insect

Posted by: Michael James | 15 February, 2013 - 11:59 AM
Stick insects

Ross and John's 'Name the Melbourne Zoo's Stick Insect' Campaign

The 10,000th Lord Howe Island Stick Insect has been born at the Melbourne Zoo and Ross and John want to know what to name it!

"If it was an elephant they'd be all over it like a cheap suit" Ross told his listeners.

Invertbarte keeper at the Melbourne Zoo Rohan Cleave says a lot of work has gone into securing the species survival and the recent births mark a very important milestone.

"This story starts back in 1918 when a ship run a ground and rat's got onto Lord Howe Island and in a very short time this species was presumed extinct," he told Ross and John.

"It wasn't until 2001 that they were actually rediscovered on Ball's Pyramid which is 23-kilometers just off Lord Howe island"

In 2003, a rescue team brought a breeding pair of Lord Howe Island Stick (Adam and Eve) Insects back to Melbourne zoo and in the 10-years since their arrival more than 10,000 eggs have hatched successfully.

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- Boomerang

- Basil

- Barry

- Penny Cill

- Haitch Bee

- Woody

- Ninja

- Stick no. 10,000

- Lord Stick.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • sweet pea

    sharon walker Wednesday 27 March, 2013 - 11:04 AM
  • 'Slick' because he is a very cool stick so he is very Slick.

    Kerrie Wednesday 20 March, 2013 - 10:51 PM
  • twiggyhowl

    craig sawyer Wednesday 6 March, 2013 - 7:35 AM
  • Peter-Garrett-Dryococelus-Australis! Simple

    Catinka Sunday 24 February, 2013 - 11:52 AM
  • @Ivan@kinnane - but let's not condemn and innocent stick insect with such a curse.

    Jake Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 3:53 AM
  • Tim Holding - low-life, bottom end of food chain, green and parasitic insect.

    Ivan@kinnane Monday 18 February, 2013 - 2:57 PM

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