The AntsCanada Global Ant Nursery Project™
Our Project Objective
To put it simply: We find you ant colonies with a queen to stock your formicariums with only locally caught and raised ant species. All over the world, we are constantly bringing together ant keepers (as well as ant keepers-to-be) with locally raised ant colonies. Here is what acclaimed biologist, nature photographer Alex Wild has to say:
“The Global Ant Nursery is an excellent idea, and is the responsible way to enjoy an ant-keeping hobby. Not only does connecting suppliers with local hobbyists prevent the accidental release of pest ants, the Global Ant Nursery should help foster regional myrmecological communities. I hope it succeeds!” -Alex Wild (biologist, nature photographer www.alexanderwild.com)
The AntsCanada Global Ant Nursery Project™ aims to help those who find it hard to find their own queen ants during nuptial flight by offering up for adoption ant colonies raised by local ant keepers from their area. Also, the practice of ordering or importing ant colonies through the mail is both illegal in many areas and potentially disastrous to a local ecosystem, therefore the GAN Project exists to encourage responsible ant keeping by promoting the keeping of local ant species. Finally, the project aims at expanding our ever-growing global network and AntsCanada team of ant lovers.
Need a Live Ant Colony With a Queen?
This is how it works. AntsCanada has a growing network of GAN (i.e. Global Ant Nursery) Farmers whom we recruit from around the world to sell ant colonies (with queens that they capture locally) to ant lovers like yourself, living within their area (maximum 250 km away and within State/legal limits). Instead of mailing ants to you, you must pick up the ants in person after purchasing the colony through a secure Paypal payment. Below is our updated list of GAN Farmers and the ants they are offering up for adoption. Note: For ecological safety issues, we are unable to sell queens to you if you live more than 250 km away from any of our designated GAN Farmers listed below. Other restrictions apply and proof of residence will be required from you. You will also be required to sign our GAN Host agreement, the terms of which can be read here. Also, if you are a US resident, we can only offer queen ants to you if you share the same State as one of our GAN Farmers. It is against the law in the US to transport ant colonies across State borders.
Our Current Available Ant Species Listing by GAN Farmer Location
The following is a complete list of our GAN Farmer locations and the ant species they have available for purchase. All species listed are native to their region, were locally captured and captive raised, and each colony contains a queen and at least 1 worker ant. Look below to see if we have a GAN Farmer in your area.
How to adopt an Ant Colony from us
If you live within 250 km of the locations listed above and are interested in the available species in your area just contact us and we would be happy to provide you a price listing and further instructions on how to purchase and pick up your new ant colony. Remember you will have to purchase the colony via Paypal as well as pick up the ant colony in person, as we do not ship live ants through the mail. You will also be asked to sign our GAN Host agreement and possibly show proof of residence. If you do not see a GAN Farmer near your location of residence, keep checking back regularly because new GAN Farmers will be recruited over time. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter @AntsCanada as we will be tweeting every time a new GAN Farmer gets recruited and their location.