Ottawa Insectarium brings bugs to Sparks Street

By Drew May, 1310 News, September 5, 2018

Midweek Mugging: Ottawa Insectarium owner Felisc McIvor hopes the tarantulas, scorpions and geckos he has on display will help people connect with the animals and see how valuable they are to the environment.

Steps away from Parliament Hill might be the last place you would expect to find tarantulas, scorpions and stick insects, but that’s exactly what the Ottawa Insectarium’s collection has to offer.

(...)One of his goals for the business is to help people connect with the animals and be more comfortable with them. Through education, McIvor said he hopes people see the value in the insects and become more conscientious about the environment. Being able to actually hold the insects gives people a real tactile experience that makes it unique from watching videos or seeing them in a zoo.

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