My friend, Dr. Aaron Dossey, started Invertebrate Studies Institute. This is a really interesting concept that deserves further investigation and implementation.
The basic concept is to create a learning environment to introduce the public to invertebrate ecology and study, while also creating a facility that could host investigation and scientific study of invertebrates for a host of applications from medicinal uses to uses in food ingredients, and for a greater overall understanding.
The public portion would hose an invertebrate zoo while the scientific portion would host a world class scientific lab that could be used by government, university and business scientists alike.
Please check out their Facebook page and let Dr. Dossey know that we sent you. https://www.facebook.com/notes/invertebrate-studies-institute/invertebrate-studies-institute-mission-and-vision/601522430033230/