Kansas July 10, 2017
You’ve Got To Visit This Unexpected Zoo Hiding In Kansas
During the summer, it’s easy to run out of zoos and animal farms to visit, so we’ve found one more to add to your list. Zoos in Kansas are full of big cats and jungle birds, right? However, this unexpected zoo in Manhattan isn’t for the faint of heart. Could you stomach a day here at the Insect Zoo?
K-State has an insect zoo in Manhattan that has all sorts of many-legged creatures to behold.
There are numerous enclosures for insects and their eight-legged friends to live in, right here at the zoo.
You might not be wanting to hold a pink haired tarantula like I do, but most of the insects here are kept behind glass for both of your safety. Most visitors enjoy the lush butterfly gardens outside the most.
In addition to regular cages for creatures, there are also themed exhibits.
Exhibits inside include a tropical tree (above), a cave, a mock kitchen, a freshwater display, and an indoor bee hive observatory. These provide visitors with information about the habitats of some insects and other fun facts.
The bee hive observatory is an indoor exhibit where you can see just how a hive works, down to the construction of cells and how they're arranged.
As honeybees are incredibly important to Kansas' economy, it's important to learn all you can about how to protect them and make sure they stick around forever.
These gorgeous (and sometimes creepy) creatures are all living on Denison Avenue in the K-State gardens.
While there is a fee, it's only $3 per person over 3 years old. They're open from Tuesday - Friday from 1-6 pm and Saturday from 12-6 pm unless you schedule a guided tour. I recommend it, if you want the full experience!
In addition to these oddities, if you’re looking for some weird Kansas places that don’t involve bugs,
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