San Diego Zoo displays world’s rarest insect

The display comes in partnership with the Melbourne Zoo.

The San Diego Zoo now has the rarest insect in the world on display. 

Driving the news: Visitors can visit the zoo to see the critically endangered Lord How Island stick insect, which is on display for the first time in North America. 


  • The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, which has been working with Australia’s Melbourne Zoo to sustain the insect’s population, announced that the insects are displayed in a special habitat at the zoo’s Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. 
  • While the insect was previously thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 2001 on the Lord Howe Island Group. Two pairs were taken for breeding to the Melbourne Zoo. 
  • In 2012 the San Diego Zoo partnered with the Melbourne Zoo to save the insect. 
  • The Lord Howe Island stick insect is also known as tree lobsters and can grow up to six inches. 
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