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Backyard Buzz at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island!


Large animatronic of Say's Firefly holding on to a grass stalk

Did you know that we don’t just make dinosaurs? It’s true! We also have a large selection of ancient predators and over-sized bugs. In fact, you can see some of our bugs at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island now through October during their event Backyard Buzz: Unseen Wonders Magnified.


The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island was founded in 1976 with the goal of “inspiring appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.” Today they house over 2,200 animals on their 16 acres just a short distance from the Atlantic Coast. While you visit, walk through their nature trail, and enjoy our animatronic bugs, like the Blue-Eyed Darner, Bombardier Beetle, Say’s Firefly, and more! Meanwhile, take in the unique and beautiful native North Carolinian plant life. Meander along the trails through the native pollinator garden, the maritime forest, and the carnivorous plant garden.


Not only is The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a partner in SAFE: Saving Animal From Extinction, they are also working diligently to protect vulnerable animals from becoming extinct so that future generations can learn from and appreciate the beauty they bring to the world. A few of the notable creatures they are focusing their conservation efforts on are the Carolina Gopher Frog, Sand Tiger Shark, and Sea Turtles of various species. To learn more about their conservation projects click the following link:

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