Thursday, October 29, 2015

Detroit Zoo Saves Cash by Breeding Own Crickets

Crickets contains many of the important dietary needs for amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They are an excellent source of protein for them and as much as they probably taste so good---they are expensive! According to the article crickets cost more than all the other food sources at the zoo, including meat, fish and produce, at more than 98,000 per year.

Officials have created a new program that will make it easier and cheaper to feed their thousands of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and that is by simply breeding crickets. The workers at the Detroit Zoo changed an unused area into breeding room to produce crickets. 

Since this new program has been created, hundred-thousand of crickets have been produced every week. Scott Carter, the Detroit Zoo's chief life science officer, said that this will save about $225,000 in the first three years.

"In my opinion, this is a little surprising that someone did not think of this a lot sooner. Your saving less than half a million dollars by just breeding crickets. I would have came up with solution a long time ago. From what I am aware of, breeding, specifically, selective breeding, has been going since Mendel started breeding pea plants. Or it may have been used before Mendel. But my point is, is that since the officials did not think of this solution a lot sooner, they ended up spending a lot of money that could have went towards something else. It makes me think if there are other places that are doing the same thing and should be taught this technique."

Here is the link for the ARTICLE!
Look here to watch the video too!

1 comment:

  1. Who knew crickets would be so expensive? I had no idea they were more expensive than the other food sources. It was clever to start breeding crickets. More zoos will follow in the future.