In celebration of World Wildlife Day (WWD) today, Butterfly Pavilion would like to call attention to the importance of habitat and species conservation, as well as the pivotal role youth play in ensuring these efforts remain strong. The theme of this year’s WWD celebration is “Listen to the Youth Voices,” and here at Butterfly Pavilion, we seek to inspire curiosity and a love for the natural world through our interactive exhibits and educational programs in hopes that youth in our community will go on to become future leaders in conservation efforts.
One upcoming event meant to inspire curiosity and understanding of species is our World Spider Day celebration on March 11. Butterfly Pavilion encourages spider-enthusiasts, as well as those who don’t know much about their importance to our world, to join us for fun games and activities like a scavenger hunt, crafts, as well as a visit by everyone’s favorite spider superhero! Spidey will be asking attendees to take the “Save a Spider” pledge to join his team of spider-protectors. Guests also have the opportunity talk to real experts and scientists, and have a live animal encounter with Rosie, Butterfly Pavilion’s beloved tarantula.
While at the event, there are many other fantastic creatures guests will see on site. One is the critically endangered Poecilotheria metallica, or Sapphire Ornamental tarantula, native to Southern India. This stunning creature has faced habitat degradation from logging and firewood harvesting. Due to its beauty, its populations are also threatened by collection for the pet trade. Through learning about and seeing this and other incredible invertebrates in our exhibits, guests have the opportunity to make a real connection with wildlife, and understand the importance of ensuring that they, and their habitats, are protected.
We hope you take action to ensure species and habitats are conserved, and encourage you, your family, and friends to join us at Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020, for World Spider Day on March 11. Visit www.butterflies.org, call 303-469-5441, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.