>>The Lord Howe Island’s stick
insect was thought to be extinct until a handful of survivors
were discovered clinging to Ball’s Pyramid just
off Lord Howe Island. A single pair was
brought to Melbourne Zoo where the invertebrate
team managed to literally bring the
species back from the brink.>>So from the single pair that
was removed from Ball’s Pyramid in 2003, Melbourne Zoo has bred over 9,000 Lord Howe Island
stick insects to date. The size is quite remarkable
on these animals as well. An adult can weigh
anywhere up to 25 grammes. The young start out bright
green, and then they turn to a mottled green
and then brown. And that’s when they start only
coming out at night to feed and to mate and drink and things
like that in their glass houses that we have set up
here at Melbourne Zoo. [ Music ] The Lord Howe Island stick
insect hatching video that I did took me quite
some time, about two weeks to actually finally
get it in the end. It was just a matter of getting
some eggs that were close to hatching in that time, and
then the success was there. And next thing that you know I
am videoing this newly hatched animal coming out of the egg, and that was purely
amazing to watch. [ Music ]>>Lord Howe Island’s
stick insects, like some other stick
insects, are able to breed without the need for males. This is called parthenogenesis. When they do this, the offspring
will be entirely female and essentially clones
of their mum.>>The Lord Howe Island stick
insect was thought to be extinct for nearly eighty years. And the main reason for that
was in 1918 a ship ran aground on Ned’s Beach on
Lord Howe Island. It was stuck there
for nine days, and in those nine days ship
rats or black rats had escaped onto Lord Howe Island. And they found the Lord Howe
Island stick insect very tasty indeed. And by the 1920s, 1930s
they were presumed extinct on Lord Howe Island. We are now able to breed them
successfully, and we are able to transport lots of eggs
and young to other zoos and breeders around the world. Being an invertebrate keeper at
Melbourne Zoo, it’s very lucky that we have been able to hold
such an interesting species like stick insects, something
again that was thought to be extinct on the planet. What you can do at home is
to look after invertebrates. You can also keep
stick insects yourself. They are fascinating
animals to keep. There are lots of species that you can actually
keep at home as pets. And one day soon with a lot
of luck and support we hope to get these stick insects back to their rightful home
on Lord Howe Island. [ Music ]

Act Wild for Lord Howe Island Stick Insects
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18 thoughts on “Act Wild for Lord Howe Island Stick Insects

  • May 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This is really encouraging to see this breeding program succeed so well. Where do you keep all 9000 insects? Do you intend to distribute any animals or ova to breeders in the UK?
    For instance the UK based Phasmid Study Group would be interested in getting involved with this program.

  • September 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    are they edible?

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

    It's over 9000! Sorry, couldn't resist

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:15 am


  • June 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    And rats.

  • August 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    its Beautiful!!!

  • August 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Darn Rats!!

  • August 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    they did a good thing

  • February 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm

     Matthew Santoro brought me here

  • April 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

    We have over 9000 Lord Howe stick insects.
    And all of them are raping trees.

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Best way to terminate the rodents is to spread wild cats to hunt them

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

    So the reason why the newly hatched tree lobsters are green is that they can stay camouflaged by the leaves 2:35

    By the time they mature they become an easy target…

  • June 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    He said over 9000 …

  • September 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    It is so hard to raise money and awareness for these animals because unlike red pandas and orangoutangs there are not cute or fierce like Tigers but still these are amazing animals

  • February 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Am I the only person wondering how to cook these?

  • December 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Damn, AU, scary bugs much? In all seriousness this is wonderful news, but holy cow, your creepy-crawlies are creepy!

  • April 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Could we eat them


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