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Published January 18, 2024

You Can Name a Giant Cockroach After Your Ex at The Bronx Zoo This Valentine’s Day

Feeling petty this Valentine’s Day? We have the perfect ex-perience for you. 🐞💔

by New York Bucket List

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and while that usually conjures images of heart-shaped chocolate boxes, romantic dinners, plush teddy bears, and bouquets of flowers, the Bronx Zoo is taking a more unconventional approach to the holiday.

For anyone whose feelings toward a former love interest are less than warm, the Bronx Zoo sees you and is letting you do something about it. Back for its thirteenth year, the name-a-roach program offers scorned lovers the opportunity to give their exes what they deserve. For fifteen dollars, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after a particularly vile ex. It goes without saying that cockroaches are—to put it lightly—unpleasant, but the Madagascar Hissing roach is especially egregious, reaching up to three inches in length and emitting a harsh hissing sound to ward off predators. In other words, it’s a pretty fitting embodiment of a match that turned sour.

The zoo offers a range of packages, the most basic being an official digital certificate confirming the newly christened roach. Other options include a package with roach socks, a giant roach plush, and even a virtual encounter with a Madagascar hissing cockroach. Certificates will be emailed on the morning of February 14th, but orders need to be in by February 8th to make sure your intended recipient gets their surprise on time.

Of course, there is another angle here, and that’s the one for people who might just be fascinated by the infamous insect. In that case, naming a hissing cockroach after your current love interest is a pretty romantic gesture. As the Bronx Zoo points out, flowers and chocolates may come and go, but roaches are forever. The zoo is even putting on an after-hours program for adults only where you and your Valentine can sample sustainably grown chocolate, learn about the importance of insects in the production of chocolate, and get an up-close introduction to ambassador animals.

At the end of the day, though, whether you want to spite a former ex or show your partner how much you care, it’s all for a good cause. Proceeds from the name-a-roach program go to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which aims to protect biodiversity all over the world.

 

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