Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

They were thought to be extinct for over 80 years… Until a handfull of these amazing stick insects were found clinging to a small bush on Balls Pyramid off Lord Howe Island. Invertebrate specialist Rohan Cleave shows us why these ‘land lobsters’ are so freaky cool, and how Melbourne Zoo saved the species from extinction.

Find out more at www.actwild.org.au

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatching process has never been witnessed. If you didn’t see it you wouldn’t believe it could fit in that egg!

Find out more at zoo.org.au/melbourne/animals/lord-howe-i­sland-stick-insect

Lord Howe Island Stick Insects – Blog Post

  • Watch the videos and read the information on the Zoos Victoria website.
  • Write a blog post about the stick insect that includes the answers to the following questions.
    • What happened to the Lord Howe Island Stick Insects that were living in the wild on Lord Howe Island?
    • How long were they thought to be extinct?
    • Where and when were the surviving insects found?
    • How is Melbourne Zoo helping to save this critically endangered species?
    • Are there any Lord Howe Island Stick Insects (living in the wild on Lord Howe Island now?
  • Your writing should flow and make sense. It should not be a list of disconnected sentences.
  • You may include extra information that is not related to the questions BUT only include information from the Zoos Victoria website and the videos.
  • Include at least three relevant photos
  • Remember to add references for all your information and pictures.
  • Proof read your work very carefully
  • Add your name as a category for your blog post

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