An Octopus Occasion at Butterfly Pavilion
- Tickets for an Octopus Occasion go on sale Nov. 22
- Vote in person or online through Nov. 28 at Butterflies.org
- See the octopus pick their own name LIVE on Facebook, November 30th!
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Westminster, CO – Nov. 19, 2020 – Butterfly Pavilion is proud to announce another new animal arrival at the world’s only stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited invertebrate zoo, located right here in the Denver metro area. Butterfly Pavilion has welcomed a new cephalopod to their Water’s Edge exhibit and need Colorado’s help to celebrate this one-of-a-kind octopus occasion!
To celebrate, Butterfly Pavilion is offering a limited supply of ticket packs that include a huggable octopus plushie. Pricing starts at 2 tickets and one plushie for $30. Tickets for an Octopus Occasion will go on sale November 22 and be redeemable Dec. 1-19, 2020.
On top of these special tickets, Butterfly Pavilion is turning to Coloradoans to pick a name for their new invertebrate friend! Butterfly Pavilion looked to staff and members to help select potential names, and now it’s time for Colorado to vote for your favorite with a donation! Donations for names can be made in person at the octopus exhibit in Water’s Edge, or online at Butterflies.org Voting is now open and will close on November 28, 2020. The 3 names with the most donations will be presented to our octopus for them to pick on Facebook Live!
Butterfly Pavilion’s new cephalopod (a group that includes octopuses and squid) is a Hawaiian Day Octopus, Octopus cyanea, that came to Butterfly Pavilion from a colleague on the island of Oahu. The Day Octopus has a lifespan of 1-1 ½ years (from egg to death), the ability to grow up to 31” long, and weighing anywhere from 2 ½ to 14 ½ pounds. These octopuses are famous for the unique way they defend themselves in the wild – creating a thick cloud of ink that can obscure a predator’ view and allow the octopus to get away. They are also known for their intelligence and even collect shells to decorate their dens.
Octopus Fun Facts:
- The day octopus (Octopus cyanea) is found throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean from the eastern coast of Africa to Hawaii.
- Octopuses are masters of disguise! They have specialized cells in their skin, called chromatophores, that allow them to change color at will. This ability helps them to hunt, evade predators and communicate with other octopuses. Amazingly, one day octopus was observed changing its skin pattern a total of 1,000 times within 7 hours!
- Since octopuses in human care don't need to worry about predators, they can engage in play and be curious in ways that wouldn't be common in the wild.
- Octopuses are a lot like toddlers. A bored octopus will cause all sorts of mischief, so Butterfly Pavilion staff makes sure to provide plenty of entertainment, like toys, to keep the octopus engaged!
- Octopuses are capable of recognizing individuals and will quickly pick favorites among their caretakers. (Hint: It’s usually the person who feeds them the most!)Learn more about octopuses and many other aquatic invertebrates by visiting our Water's Edge exhibit at Butterfly Pavilion!
Visiting Butterfly Pavilion
To maintain capacity, tickets must be reserved for all guests (including children under 2) and guests are asked to limit visits to 80 minutes. All guests ages 3 and above are required to wear a mask to visit Butterfly Pavilion. SNAP card, library, five by five, and free pass holders must call 303-469-7660 to reserve tickets during front hours 9 am - 4:15 pm. Discount cannot be applied online. For more information on Butterfly Pavilion’s new timed-entry admission, health measures and more, visit Butterflies.org
Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s 25th anniversary year, exhibits, important education, research and conservation work at http://www.butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441. Butterfly Pavilion is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo.
About Butterfly Pavilion:
Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited invertebrate zoo dedicated to transforming the way people think about the small but mighty animals that are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, and as a member institution of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, 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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