Name a roach after your sweetie or ex for Valentine’s Day

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Looking for an unusual Valentine’s Day gift for someone special? Or are you recovering from a breakup and need to do something to feel better? Four zoos have an answer: Name a roach after your favorite or not-so-favorite person.

Bronx Zoo, New York City

For $15, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the Bronx Zoo after your sweetie and commemorate this special moment with a digital certificate. Accessorize your gift with a cockroach beanie and mug—for an extra fee, of course. Place orders here.


Hemsley Conservation Centre (HCC), London

For £1.50 (approximately $1.94 US), name a cockroach after your ex or a friend’s ex. You or your friend (not the ex) will receive a certificate without the person’s name. If you order by noon GMT on February 10, HCC will add the ex’s first name on a roach board at the zoo. Proceeds from the roach name orders go toward projects at HCC. Place orders here.

HCC’s cockroach information page has fun facts about these bugs.

El Paso Zoo in Texas

During El Paso Zoo‘s Quit Bugging Me promotion, you could name a roach after your ex and the zoo will feed your roach to the meerkats on Valentine’s Day. The initials of the exes will be posted at the meerkat exhibit and on the zoo’s Facebook page on February 11. The response has been so overwhelming that the zoo stopped taking exes’ names yesterday, but you can still watch the feeding live on the zoo’s meerkat webcam on Valentine’s Day at 2:15 p.m. Central time.


Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise encourages everyone to name a cockroach after a special someone, best friend, or relative for $10 each. Include a private half-hour tour with the giraffes, penguins, or Aldabra tortoises at the zoo for $45 for two people.

When you place an order, the zoo emails you a certificate, and the person’s name is posted on the Name a Cockroach webpage.

Place orders here.


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