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12 Days of Invertebrates Animal Showcase (and Song!) Comes to Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion This December

Discover spineless wonders this holiday season.

Dec. 1-31, 2018, enjoy special animal showcase and wear your favorite holiday sweater to get $2 off admission. December is the perfect time to enjoy a trip to the Tropics!

Media note: Photos, video and other editorial material is available by request. Rosie the Tarantula, other invertebrates and scientific experts are available for media appearances and interviews. Contact kstewart@butterflies.org

Westminster, Colo. – November 27, 2018 – “♫On the first day of invertebrates at the BP, I held Rosie.♫” Wait, an invertebrate for the holidays? That’s exactly what guests will find during the 12 Days of Invertebrates showcase at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion, Dec. 1-31, 2018.  The holiday-themed exhibit also includes 12 butterflies flitting, 11 bees buzzing, 10 stick insects hiding, 9 sun beetles pooping, and the list goes on in the spirit of the classic holiday song. In all, 12 spineless wonders will be highlighted during the month of December.

In addition to seeing the 12 different animals highlighted in this exhibit, the public can hear the entire list in a special 12 Invertebrates of Christmas song, premiering Saturday, Dec. 1 on Butterflies.org and Butterfly Pavilion’s social channels. The original song created just for Butterfly Pavilion, has been penned and performed by Boulder’s own Jeff & Page, the musical duo who bring science and nature to life through kid-delighting music and stories.

Visit Butterflies.org to learn more about the 12 Days of Invertebrates, hear the song (starting Dec. 1) and learn more about ongoing exhibits and other programs. The 12 Days of Invertebrates showcase is included in general admission and is $8/children (2-12), $12/adults (Westminster residents $10), $10/seniors and children under 2 are free. During December, wear a holiday sweater and get $2 off admission!

December is the perfect time to enjoy a trip to the Tropics
With an arctic blast heading toward Colorado this weekend, it’s easy to stay warm in the Wings of the Tropics exhibit! The 7,200 square-foot, indoor tropical rainforest averages a balmy 70 degrees during the winter and features stunning tropical plants in bloom and free-flying butterflies from around the world! The indoor zoo and play area provide the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get their winter wiggles out while engaging with science, incredible live animals, and learning focused on habitat and species conservation. Visit Butterfly Pavilion from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster, CO 80020. Last entry is at 4:15 p.m.

Give the gift of over 5,000 invertebrates this Holiday
A Butterfly Pavilion Membership makes the perfect gift for families, friends or anyone with a young (or young at heart) science or animal enthusiast on their hands. It comes with hours of entertainment and education, as well as the knowledge that membership helps support the conservation and research work Butterfly Pavilion is doing all around the globe. A Butterfly Pavilion zoo membership opens the door to science learning, invertebrate exploration and year-round entertainment that will engage and inspire.

Butterfly Pavilion membership includes: unlimited admission all year, guest passes and discounted guest admission rates, VIP access to events and special sneak peeks, 10% discount on all camps and programs for kids and adults, 10% discount on birthday parties and private event rentals and much more.  Memberships (and renewals) are now on sale at Butterflies.org.

About Butterfly Pavilion:
Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the world’s only stand-alone invertebrate zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.  Learn more at Butterflies.org.

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Butterfly Pavilion Media Contact(s):
Kristen Petitt Stewart, kstewart@butterflies.org or 970-389-1561
Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720.375.9984

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