How you can win a one year family pass to the Hogle Zoo

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We’re bugging out over Hogle Zoo’s BUGZILLA display, that runs until September 11th. Erica Hansen from the Hogle Zoo discussed the crowd favorite, the firefly, whose bum lights up when you crank it. Male fireflies flash a pattern with their bottom, and if a female firefly reciprocates, their a match made in heaven. 

The firefly animatronic is among 14 other larger than life displays, belonging to the BUGZILLA exhibit, another crowd favorite being the Mexican Red Knee Tarantula. If you’re interested in the real deal, head down to the Discovery Theater to meet Maleficent the Mexican Red Knee Tarantula. Maleficent plays a vita role in the ecosystem, keeping the insect population down.

The Discovery Theater features Maleficent and other creatures such armadillos, tortoises, and hedgehogs.

If you love the zoo, enter our Build a Better Bug Contest for a chance to win season passes to the zoo at, or for more information about the zoo visit

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