Butterfly Pavilion’s Announces New Limited-Time “Spiders Around the World” Exhibition
Halloween-Inspired Event, October 7 – 31, Features Diverse and Visually Striking Spiders from 20 Countries and the Opportunity to Walk Freely Amongst Orb Weavers in Spider Dome
What: Just in time for Halloween, spiders are arriving from around the globe for a limited-time engagement, Spiders Around the World, exclusively at Butterfly Pavilion from October 7 – 31, 2022. Guests will engage with stunning, vibrant, and awe-inspiring tarantulas and walk amongst visually striking, exquisite, and free-roaming Orb Weavers spinning their intricate webs in Spider Dome, including some from Malaysia that are as big as an adult human’s hand!
Spiders representing 20 countries will be on display including the captivating and seasonally appropriate Ghost Ornamental and Pumpkin Patch tarantulas or visually striking Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula, hoping to inspire guests to view invertebrates with curiosity and wonder, and not fear, while learning about their critical contributions to our ecosystem.
Why: Beyond displaying tarantulas and other spiders in our zoo, Butterfly Pavilion has been involved in tarantula conservation efforts, including ecology and tarantula breeding, around the world since 2010 to help protect and conserve different species of tarantulas. Events such as Spiders Around the World help support these efforts. Several species of tarantulas are threatened primarily due to habitat destruction and exploitation for the pet trade. In other words, they need our help now more than ever!
Despite their reputation as creepy, crawly villains, spiders are incredibly beneficial to our ecological system and serve a significant role in keeping many of our least favorite pests in check – like mosquitoes, flies, and fleas! They keep these nuisances out of our homes, yards, and gardens, and silk spiders inspired engineering innovations like bullet-proof clothing, parachutes, and nets.
Butterfly Pavilion has been part of the Colorado community since 1995 and is the first Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited, stand-alone, non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world, currently occupying a 30,000-square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Beyond Colorado and the United States, Butterfly Pavilion conservationists are doing important invertebrate conservation projects around the world from Mongolia and Saudi Arabia to Tanzania and Sumatra, Indonesia. Learn more at www.butterflies.org