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El Paso Zoo Celebrates Bug Awareness Week August 3rd and 4th

Get ready for a creepy, crawly weekend! The El Paso Zoo will be hosting its 12th annual Bug Awareness Weekend on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bugs from all over the world will be at the Discovery Center at the El Paso Zoo. Families will also enjoy bug cooking demonstration and tastings by the zoo’s chef from 11a.m to 1 p.m., arts & crafts activities, presentations from local experts, a Bug Crawl around Africa led by giant-sized bugs and much more.

First 1,000 kids each day will receive a Passport for autographs from giant bugs, favorite presenters and Zoo Keepers. See the list of scheduled activities below.


10 am- 3 pm: Zoo-wide Live Bug Displays

Bugs of Africa: El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station
Bugs of Asia: Asia Discovery Center
Bugs of the Americas: El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Center
Bugs of the World: Cisneros Paraje Discovery Center-Presented by Dr. Scott Bundy NMSU Entomologist (Saturday) & Graeme Davis- Collection Manager NMSU Arthropod Museum (Sunday)

Bug Arts & Crafts 10 am- 3 pm: Asia Discovery Center
Bug Crawl 10:30 am- 11 am: Meet between Passport Café and Franklin Canal
Bug Cooking Demonstration 11 am-1 pm: Between Asia Discovery Center and Grasslands Café

Speaker Presentations Cisneros Paraje Discovery Center
11:30 am: “Smart Pest Control”- Jim Hastings El Paso Master Gardeners
12:30 pm: “Arachnids” –Dr. David Richman –NMSU
1:30 pm: “ Worm Composting” –UTEP Permaculture Society

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