December 27, 2015

stick insectThe Lord Howe Island stick insect’s hundreds of eggs have been trasnported overseas in a last resort effort to save the species.

The eggs will be sent as part of a captive breeding programe for the Australian native insect, which is currently critically endangered.

Until recently it was assumed the insect was extinct due to disease or a health creash but Rohan Cleave said the insects, bred at Melbourne Zoo will embark on a journey to Bristol, Toronto and San Diego soon.

There are about 900 of the precious lentil sized eggs but now they need to be safely  transported to the other zoos where insurance populations will be established.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/rare-stick-insect-to-go-international-to-save-its-species-20151122-gl5ch7.html

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