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News from the Seattle Bug Safari

Welcome to the Seattle Bug Safari’s online press room! Our online press room provides recent news about Seattle Bug Safari for the media and public. What’s New at Seattle Bug Safari? Check out the press releases below to find out!

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5th Annual Teacher Open House
November 2, 2011

Seattle Bug Safari’s 5th Annual Teacher Open House announced. This year’s event will be held on December 10, 2011 from 9:30a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration is required and is open to all education staff in the Puget Sound. Please see announcement for details.

4th Annual Teacher Open House
September 23, 2010

Seattle Bug Safari’s 4th Annual Teacher Open House announced. This year’s event will be held on November 4, 2010 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Registration is required and is open to all education staff in the Puget Sound. Please see flyer for details.

Beetle Awareness Week with Seattle Bug Safari
May 24, 2010

Seattle Bug Safari Brings Beetles to the New Day Northwest Studio.

Beetle Awareness Week

Check Out the Critters at Seattle Bug Safari
May 12, 2010

Seattle Bug Safari Visits with Q-13’s Kaci Aitchison and a Whole Bunch of 4th Graders.

Critters on Camera at Q13 Fox News This Morning

Seattle Bug Safari Invades the "New Day Northwest" Studio
March 30, 2010

Video from the "New Day Northwest" Studio

Seattle Bug Safari Invades the "New Day Northwest" Studio

Teacher Open House
October 19, 2009

The Seattle Bug Safari will hold its 3rd annual Teacher Open House for educators Pre-K through 12 on November 5, 2009 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event will help teachers learn more about the Seattle Bug Safari and how the outreach programs we offer can supplement classroom study.

Scorpions from the Seattle Bug Safari
July 22, 2009

Seattle Bug Safari brings scorpions into the Q13 FOX News This Morning studio.

Scorpions in the Q13 FOX News Studio

Scorpions in the studio. And she's hungry. on Twitpic

Seattle Bug Safari Voted One of the Best Zoos in Washington
May 15, 2009

We made it into the top three!

Best Zoos in Western Washington

Seattle Bug Safari Crawling with Creatures
March 11, 2009

There's a place in Seattle crawling with insects, but the kids love it. Evening Magazine’s Kim Holcomb takes you to Seattle Bug Safari.

Bug safari crawling with creatures

LolitaMoon Productions Announces Collaboration with Seattle Bug Safari
February 6, 2009

LolitaMoon Productions, a Seattle production company, has announced its collaboration with the Seattle Bug Safari on their new project a fantasy short film, “Esperanza, Wing Thief, Flutterby”.

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Seattle Bug Safari Appears on KOMO4 News: Eco-Cool Holiday Gift Ideas
December 10, 2008

Seattle Bug Safari’s Brian Rolf appears on KOMO’s “First News @ 4” with anchor Mary Nam and King County’s EcoConsumer Tom Watson to talk about some green gift ideas for Christmas, including an "experience" gift involving bugs - watch out!

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Seattle Bug Safari Featured on KUOW’s Sound Focus with Dave Beck
October 29, 2008

Dave Beck joins Brian Rolf for a close encounter with the exotic creatures found at Seattle Bug Safari. Brian is the owner of Seattle Bug Safari. For Brian, each exotic species can spark a sense of wonder he first developed as a young boy.

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Seattle Bug Safari is Brian Rolf's Walk On the Wild Side
By Cecelia Goodnow, P-I REPORTER
August 17, 2008

Rolf’s Seattle Bug Safari is crawling with nearly 50 species of exotic insects, arachnids, centipedes and millipedes, which are displayed at his insect zoo and gift shop on the Pike Place Market Hillclimb.

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KIRO iWitness Video: Seattle ’s Exotic World of Insects
November 29, 2007

The Seattle Bug Safari is a local bug zoo that offers close-up views of more than 40 species of exotic insects.

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On Safari in the Market: Multi-Legged Menagerie at Seattle Bug Safari
By Breanne Boland
July 2007

If your child spends summers peering at the ground, looking at the tiny creatures we share the world with, the Seattle Bug Safari can be a great adventure for your budding entomologist.

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Bug Deal: A Father-Son Outing to an Insect Zoo
By Derek Blaylock
Initially posted June 1, 2007

Here we encountered owner Brian Rolf, who started the Bug Safari in 2006 after visiting a bug zoo in another city.

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May 2006 ~ Critters Buggin’ Below Western - Pike Place Market News

Brian Rolf’s Seattle Bug Safari, on the Hillclimb west of Western across from Procopio Gelateria, recently hatched in the Market. The 1200-square-foot jungle-inspired living museum and gift shop will be a one-of-a-kind experience, reminiscent of Woodland Park or the Pacific Science center.

Stepping through the door, visitors enter the gift shop which sells exclusively (really cool) insect related paraphernalia.) The shop opened Easter and the museum will be to follow, but working with the Department of Agriculture takes time.

When it does visitors can pay an entrance fee (or become a member) and pass the Tiki Torche threshold into the insect chamber–a collection of custom aquariums showcasing rotating collections of 40 to 60 species of insects, bugs, tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and centipedes.

“Scientifically they are all different,” Rolf explains. He and the safari guides plan to rotate quarterly, keeping things interesting.

Safari Guides will introduce visitors to the colonies and answer questions. Exotic species must remain locked (according to the USDA) but there will be some hands-on. Guides will constantly be working on sustainability, recreating the best possible environments. Breeding isn’t easy with specimens. For example, the Praying Mantis, is difficult because the females tend to eat the males before he has a chance to mate with her, so they will try to sufficiently satiate her before sending him in and hoping he moves fast enough.

The elaborate gift shop offers a litany of insect inspired paraphernalia: supplies for keeping and catching specimens, educational toys (and just for fun toys), books, framed specimens, T-shirts and specimen jewelry, such as French enamel hand-painted butterfly earrings, broaches and pendants.

Emerging from the cocoon of a regular job Rolf is excited to combine his environmental science degree and his love of entomology. Stop by and explore the unique world he is creating.

~Article From The Pike Place Market News, May 2006 Edition

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