Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts: Animal Habitats, Shelters & Defence



How do animals protect themselves from predators? How do their colours and patterns help them survive in dangerous environments? Why is the conservation of natural habitats so important to the plants and animals that live in Australian ecosystems? Why are animals becoming endangered and extinct? This workshop explores why habitats and the conservation of these places are so important and how we can help sustain and support wildlife where we live, work and play. We look at animal colours, movement, niches and more.

Students are given an exciting hands-on experience with a variety of live harmless creatures, preserved specimens and biofacts. At every workshop, we  exhibit a wide variety of live invertebrate mini-beasts including various large and colourful species of stick insects, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, crickets, mealworms, scorpions, spiders, beetles and more and allow supervised handling of harmless mini-beasts and over 200 preserved biofacts including embedded and dried insects, shells, starfish, corals, sponges, sea urchin, eggs, egg cases, skins, wings, cocoons etc.

Jacqui Love, the presenter, has over 20 years experience in this field, including 10 years as a keeper at Taronga Zoo. This program was the recipient of the Frater Award for Excellence within the NSW DET Performances for Schools Program in 2004 and 2006.

Each session includes a 1 hour interactive demonstration + 20min Hands-on Discovery session per class. Formats are flexible however.

This organisation won the PinS Award in 2012, 2013 & 2015, 2016 & 2017


Cost per person: 


Min cost/audience:

Min $500 / 50 students for Sydney Metro Area

School years suitable: 

K - 12


Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts


Jacqui Love


(02) 4787 6362