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Critically Endangered stick insects born at Dartmoor Zoo

We’re very proud to announce that we have been successful in breeding over 75 black beauty stick insects! 

This species is sadly listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and their population in the wild is still decreasing, facing threats from livestock farming and habitat loss.  

They’re native to Peru and can now only be found in the wild in the Cordillera del Condor region of Peru in South America. 

Only discovered in 2005, not much is known about these insects, but they’re believed to be most active at night when their deep black coloration keeps them hidden from predators. They’re also armed with a gland at the rear of their heads which, when threatened, can spray a corrosive, strong-smelling substance!

We’re currently rearing these insects in our breeding room but they will soon be on show in our Reptile and Bug House. 

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