original release date March 2011
Outhouse Exhibit Services is currently touring Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close, an educational exhibit on the life habits and habitats of tarantulas on tour in North America featuring a unique selection of live tarantulas, some seldom seen on public display.
Far from a brown fuzzy spider, tarantulas are incredibly diverse. There are more than 900 known species of tarantulas, which live all over the globe. They can be found living anywhere from the tallest rainforest treetops to deep underground in the most arid deserts. Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close features a unique array of live tarantulas, which showcases their varied life habits and habitats.
Species on display include a Goliath Bird Eating tarantula (the largest of all tarantulas), the rare Green Bottle Blue tarantula, and the Indian Ornamental tarantula, a species troubled by loss of habitat in the wild. In all, 20 live tarantulas are on display and each have a unique story to tell.
The exhibit focuses on the diverse and natural beauty of tarantulas, and provides uniquely engaging educational experiences. Special features of the exhibit include interactive components such as “Tarantulas of the World” interactive world map; “Name That Tarantula” identification a
ctivity, “The Legend of the Tarantella” music showcase and more. Kids will enjoy the climbable “Tarantula Burrow,” which provides more opportunities for learning through the Trip Line interactive experience. This piece also serves as a photo opportunity for visitors of all ages.
Currently on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, future venues include The San Francisco Zoo and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close is managed by Minneapolis-based Outhouse Exhibit Services. Outhouse Exhibit Services brings science and nature to life through traveling exhibits that feature living collections.