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ROSIE’S BACK! BUTTERFLY PAVILION’S TARANTULA AMBASSADOR RETURNS MAY 28TH!

Westminster, Colo.: COVID restrictions are starting to relax and as the world seeks a return to normalcy, Colorado's own Butterfly Pavilion announced starting May 28, 2021, guests will once again be able to hold Rosie the Chilean rose hair tarantula when they visit the facility.  

“When we’ve asked guests what we could do to improve their Butterfly Pavilion visit during the pandemic, ‘Bring back Rosie’ was the number one answer,” said Patrick Tennyson, Butterfly Pavilion President and CEO. “Kids love holding Rosie, in many cases creating a lifelong connection to environmental conservation. The Return of Rosie is one of the first signs that this summer, things will start returning to normal.” 

 To celebrate Rosie’s return, Butterfly Pavilion is offering special “Rosie Returns” ticket packages. Sold in 2- and 4-packs, each package contains discounted general admission tickets and a collectible Rosie plush toy. A “Rosie Returns” ticket pack is not required to hold Rosie. Starting May 28, 2021, she will be available to be held by all guests 3 and older. “Rosie Returns” ticket packages are available for sale today for admission starting May 28, 2021. 

Butterfly Pavilion has worked with state and local health departments to ensure families have a fun, safe visit with Rosie. In addition to bringing Rosie back, Butterfly Pavilion also announced they will extend their operating hours to 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with the last entry at 5:00 p.m.) this summer starting May 28, 2021, through September 6, 2021.  Online reservations will no longer be required to enter the facility starting May 28, 2021 but are still encouraged. Masks will also no longer be required but are strongly encouraged. For more information, please visit www.butterflies.org/visit/visitor-information/ 

 Rosie comes from the Atacama Desert in Chile. Chilean rose hair tarantulas live in a burrow under the ground, which is cool and safe. Because rose hair tarantulas are used to living in a dark, quiet burrow, they are very gentle animals and make for a great ambassador for arachnids. Over Butterfly Pavilion’s 25 years of operation, Rosie has been held by over 3 million guests!   

 “Rosie helps us educate the public about the benefits spiders bring to the world,” said Tennyson. “Arachnids do a lot of work for us, and if we squish them, we inherit that work. Rosie’s return to Butterfly Pavilion brings the importance of spiders to the forefront.” 

A few spider facts:

  • There are over 45,000 known species of spiders, and fewer than 30 are considered dangerous.
  • Spiders eat an estimated 400 to 800 million metric tons of insects every year. For comparison, the entire human population consumes about 400 million tons of meat and fish every year.
  • Spiders are beneficial predators and serve a significant role in keeping populations of many insect pests such as mosquitoes, flies, fleas and cockroaches, in check.
  • Spiders are oftentimes the most important biological control of pests in and around homes, yards, gardens and crops.
  • Spider silk inspires engineering innovations in the areas of bullet-proof clothing, parachutes and nets.

Butterfly Pavilion is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last entry at 4:00 p.m. Starting May 28, 2021, Butterfly Pavilion will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the last entry at 5:00 p.m. Rosie the Tarantula will be available to be held by the public every day starting May 28, 2021.  


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.

Butterfly Pavilion Media Contact(s)
Kristen Petitt Stewart, Publicist, kstewart@butterflies.org or 970.389.1561
Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720.375.9984

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