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World Spider Day Comes to Butterfly Pavilion March 17, 2018

World Spider Day Spins a Fascinating Web at Butterfly Pavilion on March 17, 2018

While they are worthy of a namesake superhero, spiders all over the world are threatened by over-collection for the pet trade, habitat degradation, and habitat loss. This is why these important eight-legged invertebrates are being celebrated during World Spider Day, March 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster.

World Spider Day Spins a Fascinating Web at Butterfly Pavilion on March 17, 2018

Spiders are critical to ecosystems and inspire technological innovation with their incredible abilities. Be inspired and learn how to protect them through crafts, games and presentations that demonstrate amazing spider abilities; exhibits featuring incredible species from all over the world; a live encounter with Rosie the Tarantula; and of course, a visit by Spidey himself!  World Spider Day is included in general admission; visit Butterflies.org for more information.

World Spider Day kicks off a series of special conservation days hosted by Butterfly Pavilion during the calendar year, including Bloomapalooza (May 19), World Oceans Day (June 9), Pollinator Week (June 18-24), World Honey Bee Day (Aug. 18) and Monarch Day (Sept. 16).  Learn more at Butterflies.org.

Butterfly Pavilion Tarantula Research Published
As part of Butterfly Pavilion’s commitment to become a local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection, officials are pleased to announce important research by staff entomologists will be published in the spring issue of Arachnology, the Journal of the British Arachnological Society.

Research by entomologists Mario Padilla, Mary Ann Colley and Dr. Richard P. Reading highlights the effects of power-feeding of Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula.  Publishing research is an important step toward Butterfly Pavilion’s growth as a global leader in invertebrate research, conservation and education, while providing a uniquely immersive facility through which the community can engage with, and learn from, this work.

Up Next: Survival
Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo will debut its newest interactive exhibit, Survival, beginning March 24, 2018. This exhibit will give a fascinating, up-close look at the incredible ways some of the world’s smallest animals overcome the challenges of an invertebrate world. Survival will help guests of all ages learn about these adaptations through interactive displays, technology and live animal encounters. Experiences include a dragonfly launch pad, a simulated beetle battle, tarantula feedings twice weekly and much more! Check out our Exhibits for more information.

Membership
The best way to explore the diversity of invertebrates, which make up 97% of animals on earth, is through a Butterfly Pavilion membership. Butterfly Pavilion offers flexible membership options, which open the door to science learning, animal exploration, and year-round entertainment that will engage and inspire. Members enjoy unlimited and unrestricted access 363 days a year and special discounts, all while supporting Butterfly Pavilion’s mission 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.

Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s permanent exhibits, important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.

About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, AZA-accredited invertebrate zoo, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility 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. Learn more at www.butterflies.org.

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Media Contacts:
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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