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Finding a proper Valentines Day gift for that special person in your life can be difficult. A box of chocolates is always a safe bet, but how many times have you made a Valentine’s Day gift of chocolates? These days buying confectionery treats is considered outdated. Some demanding better halves may require a more original and thoughtful gift. For these situations the Bronx Zoo in New York has got you covered. With just a small donation, you can name a cockroach after your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend.

 

Since 2011 the Bronx Zoo has been in possession of a staggering amount of hissing cockroaches imported from the island country of Madagascar. These thousands of cockroaches do not yet have names. You could have your loved one’s name live on as the official name of a particular species of hissing cockroach. The cockroaches cannot be taken home, but specially named cockroaches can be visited anytime at the Bronx Zoo. This program is known as the “Name-a-Roach” fundraiser.

 

According to John F. Calvelli, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, allowing your significant other a chance to name their very own roach species is a gift that lasts forever. Last year the price to reserve a roach for naming cost only ten dollars. This year the price has increased to fifteen dollars, but afterwards the zoo sends buyers a certificate via email that officially lists the new name of the particular roach species. However, sixty dollars buys a package that includes a paper certificate of the new name declaration, as well as roach-themed socks and some chocolate candies. Of course, many people are choosing to name a cockroach species after themselves. Apparently the growth in sales reflects a love for roaches that are surprisingly widespread. There is little doubt that your significant other would ever forget such a gift, and it is the thought that counts.

 

Would you consider the “name a roach” fundraiser when considering possible gift ideas this Valentine’s Day?

 

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