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Sticky: Rediscovering the Lord Howe Stick Insect

Short film “Sticky” tells the story of the resilient Lord Howe Stick Insect (Dryococelus australis).

Australian animator Jilli Rose has a gift, and she’s sharing it with the world to inspire conservation and love for nature. Jilli’s animated short film “Sticky” communicates the importance of island ecosystems through the incredible story of the Lord Howe Stick Insect.

The Lord Howe Stick Insect became easy prey for introduced, invasive rats on its home island and was declared extinct in 1920. Locals speculated that a small colony of Stick Insects might be on Ball’s Pyramid, a sheer 225 foot rock-face off the coast of Lord Howe Island. After receiving multiple requests from adventurous civilians wanting to search of the “Tree Lobster,” Nicholas Carlile and team ventured to Ball’s Pyramid in pursuit of the presumably extinct insect. Watch the film to find out what happened next…

Jilli Rose also recently worked with Island Conservation on a short film titled “Bright Spots” featuring Island Conservation’s Director of Science Nick Holmes.

Sticky from Jilli Rose on Vimeo.

About Dylan Meek

Dylan Meek is an undergraduate student at UCSC pursuing a major in marine biology. During her time as a student, she has become interested in conservation, and hopes to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. She has been enamored with nature her whole life, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors or in the ocean.

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