CHANGING ATTITUDES & INSPIRING THE YOUNG
We have engaged with thousands of families and visitors since opening in 2002 giving them tours or talks on the insects. We often let the visitors ask the questions which gives them a unique and tailored talk.
The Rhinoceros Cockroach (right) – Aesculus - has helped hundreds of people overcome their fear of ‘Bugs’. Certain popular TV programs have set back helping insects by decades. Family by family, we try to readdress this.
An important part of the Magic of Life’s work is to inspire the young. If we spot anyone with even the slightest budding interest in nature, we will focus in on them and encourage them. This might be giving them a cutting of a plant or encouraging them to try raising a caterpillar. We have seen that one visit alone can inspire a child's interest.