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Conservation is key at Bugtopia in Rutland




The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. Joe Mordawska with a bird-eating spider. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw004 EMN-150519-162706001
The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. Joe Mordawska with a bird-eating spider. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw004 EMN-150519-162706001

Conservation through education is the motto of the team behind Bugtopia, the new zoo that opened at Rutland Water last month.

And what better place to learn about ecology and biodiversity than in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by crocodiles, parrots, giants spiders and bats?

The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. One of the lizards shows its frills. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw003 EMN-150519-162655001
The new Bugtopia zoo at Rutland Water. One of the lizards shows its frills. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-19-05-15-aw003 EMN-150519-162655001

Joe Mordawska and Natalie Matts spent tens of thousands of pounds converting the former Butterfly Farm at the Sykes Lane site into a playground for animals and humans alike. And their hard work paid off when they welcomed their first visitors.



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