About Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts is a
fun 'hands-on' mobile
education service that travels all over NSW (and beyond) educating people of all
ages about the benefits and wonders of invertebrates or 'mini-beasts' (insects, spiders, snails,
millipedes etc) within our environment. Every workshop includes a hands-on
mini-beast experience not to be forgotten! Live mini-beasts brought along
include large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, millipedes,
giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, spiders, scorpions,
beetles, caterpillars and more. A large collection of over 200 specimens of preserved
mini-beasts or ‘biofacts’ are also brought along including sea shells, urchins,
starfish, sponges, corals, cocoons, eggs, eggs cases, skins, preserved insects etc.
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts
were awarded the 'Frater Award for Excellence' in School Performance
(Environmental Science Education) by the NSW Department of Education in both 2004
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts also offers services to the
media and has featured on several popular television programs in Australia such as Creature Features, Gardening Australia, Playschool, Burke's Backyard, Sunrise and Better Homes & Gardens.
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts also sources, breeds and sells
live and preserved mini-beasts for displays and research.
Travelbugs has supplied services to several pet stores around NSW, as well as media
production companies, galleries, artists, museums, expos, zoos and wildlife parks around Australia.
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts has been
operating for over 9 years and is owned and operated by Jacqui Love.
For more information about the presenter, see the "About the Presenter and Owner, Jacqui Love" section below.
Keep up to date with what we are doing by checking out the 'News" Section regularly. Here you can find out about upcoming events, breeding news, media appearances and other special events or offers.
How can I organise a visit or something else from Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts?
It’s Easy. Go to the Contact Us page and either email or phone us with your requirements and details.
We will need to to know:
- Your School or Centre Name (and/or type of venue)
- Your address (both postal & street location)
- A Contact Name
- Phone Number
& / or Email Address
- Approximate No. of attendees
- Age Range or stage of attendees
- Any Preferred dates / times
- The type of workshops or exhibtion you require (ie. Primary school, Pre-school, Fete, Open Day, Library etc).
- Any special topics you would like us to cover or activities you would like us to co-ordinate.
BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
Costs vary depending upon number of students, location and
type of workshop or exhibion involved. For more information go to Services -> Workshops and look under your type of institution or business for a more
Or contact us directly for a customised quote!
Risk Assessments and Management Plans are now available for these
About the Presenter and Owner, Jacqui Love
Jacqui was a Senior Zookeeper at
Sydney's Taronga Zoo for almost 10 years. Although she has experience and
knowledge of a broad variety of animals, invertebrates and other "mini-beasts" have always been
closest to her heart. She developed invertebrate colonies and displays and
conducted extensive invertebrate research for Taronga Zoo during her time there.
Several years before, she worked at the Sydney Tropical Butterfly House, once
located at Dural in Sydney’s northwest where she presented workshops, lectures
and tours to schools groups several times per week, as well as cared for and
bred a variety of mini-beast species.
She has kept over 200 different species of
LIVE spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, butterflies, grasshoppers,
crickets, flies, cockroaches, beetles, worms, preying mantis, stick insects,
crayfish, snails, ants and bees and the list continues to grow.
She possesses a
diverse range of qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied
Science from Charles Sturt University, the Zookeeping and Animal Attending
Certificates from the Sydney Institute of Technology and an assortment of other
specialty courses such as Spider Identification, Herpetological Techniques,
Aquarium Science and Beekeeping. She also taught the Invertebrate
component of the Zookeeping Certificate through the Sydney Institute of
Technology for 3 years and recently taught Animal Studies at Bathurst And Orange TAFE in 2005-2006.
Jacqui has been operating Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts
for over 9 years and intends to continue to develop it wherever possible.