Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close Como Zoo: Exhibit Gallery 9/7/2013 to 11/3/2013 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The secrets of the tarantula’s world are on full display September 7th through November 3rd in a new exhibit: Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. This was a fun short visit. The exhibit is housed in the room that usually holds the Bonsai’s. It’s a very small exhibit and — as big as tarantulas are in comparison to other spiders — they are still small for zoo animals. If you have a child who really loves spiders, she could spend a lot of time very very close to these amazing creatures; but, if they are like my children, you can see the whole exhibit in 10 to 15 minutes and then move on to other parts of the zoo. In fact we squeezed in the whole visit after a noon football game — that included the drive there and finding parking.
I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t a petting zoo, but as we learned in the exhibit, some of these spiders are “Old World Tarantulas” and much more poisonous and aggressive than the “New World Tarantulas” that we may be more familiar with. So, you can feel secure in the fact that these spiders are in enclosed habitats.
Special features of the exhibit include interactive components such as “Tarantulas of the World” interactive world map; “Name That Tarantula” identification activity, “Tarantellas In Motion”” fast & furious or meek & mild, and more. Kids will enjoy the “Tarantula Burrow” which provides an excellent photo opportunity for visitors of all ages.