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Tagged: Zookeeper Dan Hemmann


What comes to mind when you think of an endangered species?  Do you think of Chimpanzees living in the jungles of Africa?  Maybe giant pandas in the bamboo forests of China?  Perhaps even the Komodo Dragons of Indonesia?  John Ball Zoo makes a difference in conservation efforts worldwide, but we also play a role in conservation right at home.

What is this strange thing crawling around my house?"

“What is this?” is a very common question I hear.  As the resident entomologist (someone who studies insects) people bring me all manner of insects, spiders, and other so-called creepy crawlies to identify.  

 Here’s your chance to experience what it’s like to be zoo entomologist.  Someone comes up to you and shows you a picture of something running around in their bathtub.  What is it?