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Beat Mumenthaler, President of the Insectorum Association, would like to use crowd funding to save rare insects. The more than 1000 animals shown at exhibitions are threatened with death.

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Because of Corona and the associated closure of department stores and trade fairs, over 1000 exotic insects are facing death.

Beat Mumenthaler

The more than 1000 insects are part of a traveling exhibition that has been led by Christian Schweizer and his wife for 30 years.

The more than 1000 insects are part of a traveling exhibition that has been led by Christian Schweizer and his wife for 30 years.

Christian Schweizer

Because the shopping centers and trade fairs lack the financial means due to the shutdown, Christian Schweizer's exhibition is now about to be finally closed.

Because the shopping centers and trade fairs lack the financial means due to the shutdown, Christian Schweizer’s exhibition is now about to be finally closed.

Christian Schweizer

  • Over 1000 exotic insects are about to die because of the corona shutdown.

  • Due to financial losses due to the shutdown, shopping centers and trade fairs no longer book the exhibition with the animals.

  • However, the tropical house in Wolhusen LU also suffered from the corona shutdown, which is why it cannot take over the insects immediately without financial help.

  • In order to save the insects, Beat Mumenthaler, President of the Insectorum Association and Managing Director of Tropenhaus Wolhusen, has set up crowd funding.

Beat Mumenthaler, managing director of Tropenhaus Wolhusen LU, has a big goal: In his role as president of the Insectorum association, he is campaigning for the preservation of over 1000 exotic insects with a crowd funding campaign. The exhibition is owned by the Expovivo company founded by entomologist Christian Schweizer. “For 30 years we have been fighting prejudices against insects with our touring exhibition and have explained how important insects are for the entire ecosystem,” says Schweizer when asked. Because of the corona pandemic and the associated closings of shopping centers and trade fairs, the insect exhibition is threatened with its final end.

A solution was within reach: According to Mumenthaler, it was planned that an elaborate new attraction with invertebrates should have been set up in the tropical house before the corona pandemic. The corona situation made this financially impossible. On September 21 of this year, Mumenthaler received a call from Schweizer asking for help, as he had heard that there were already insects in the tropical house. For the Swiss, Mumenthaler’s offer to save the exhibition through the Insectorum association and install it in the tropical house was the longed-for solution. Schweizer adds: “I and my wife burst into tears for joy because we knew that our life’s work would continue in good hands.”

Now it has to be done quickly

The tropical house has to take over the insects by mid-November. After that, Schweizer can no longer carry the financial burden and further exhibitions that would bring in money are no longer planned. Mumenthaler: “That’s why we now have to act at lightning speed. As President of the Insectorum Association, I started crowd funding straight away. ”

Preserving the life of the insects is a top priority. In the future, however, the exhibition is to be adapted to the ideas of Insectorum. Mumenthaler: “The death of insects is a very big topic worldwide, that’s why we want to revise the exhibition in an educational way and make it more comprehensive.” In the Wolhusen Tropical House there are already optimal conditions for the insects, which is why aerariums are also planned for the small animals in the future. “We want to create a world of cycles for the new residents of the tropical house and therefore not just put them in conventional glass terrariums,” says Mumenthaler. However, this depends on how much money is donated above the required amount. To realize this project, a further 60,000 francs in donations would be necessary.

Ultimately, it could be a win-win situation for everyone involved. “We could offer the insects a new home and the tropical house will receive its long-awaited exotic insect exhibition, which would be a novelty in Europe,” explains Mumehtaler. If all goes well, the insects could be admired in the tropical house from around the end of November.

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