Donate To This Zoo And They’ll Name A Cockroach After Your Valentine

Stuck for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone? Don’t be cliché – steer clear of the chocolates and roses. Give them a gift that will last by donating to Bronx Zoo and naming a cockroach after them. Here’s why it’s romantic.

By this point you’ve no doubt heard of the zoos that will name a cockroach or venomous snake after your ex, but we at AWOL think that’s too good a legacy to give to someone who screwed you over. Bronx Zoo in New York agrees, and will instead let you name a Madagascan hissing cockroach after your current sweetheart.

The insects have been known to live up to five years in captivity, and we’ve done the maths. That’s a 25,000 per cent longer lifespan than a bunch of red roses, and 26,000 percent longer than a box of chocolates.


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It costs $15 to name a Madagascan hissing cockroach after your love, and you also get a digital certificate to commemorate the occasion. The money goes toward the Wildlife Conservation Society, so your gift carries the added bonus of helping animals in need. That’s a pretty great gift by itself!

The zoo is also offering a range of themed gifts like beanies and mugs emblazoned with a cute lil’ roach, if you want to really treat your special someone.

Still not sure what else to do on the day? There are plenty of cheap (or free!) Valentine’s Day ideas in Sydney.

(Lead image: Liz West / Flickr)