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Lake Superior Zoo announces summer exhibit

This summer the Lake Superior Zoo will welcome some eight-legged guests. Zoo officials announced Thursday that "Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close," an exhibit featuring tarantulas from 20 different species, will be featured from June 11 to Sept. 30....

This summer the Lake Superior Zoo will welcome some eight-legged guests.

Zoo officials announced Thursday that "Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close," an exhibit featuring tarantulas from 20 different species, will be featured from June 11 to Sept. 30.

Tarantulas, covered in hair and often possessing intimidating size and speed, sometimes are thought of as the fiercest of the arachnids. However, the Lake Superior Zoo plans to use the tarantulas to give visitors an interactive experience with the "gentle giants of the spider world" and to highlight the need for conservation. The Indian ornamental tarantula - one of the species to be displayed in Duluth - is being challenged by loss of habitat in the wild.

"Our mission is to provide up-close animal experiences that inspire connections to wildlife and action towards conservation," Lake Superior Zoo CEO Julene Boe said in a news release. "We couldn't have found a better exhibit that accomplishes these goals and provides a new experience for learning and fun at our zoo."

Aside from the Indian ornamental tarantula, species on display will include the greenbottle blue tarantula, with greenish-blue hue, and the goliath bird-eating tarantula, the largest variety of tarantula in the world. The tarantulas will be featured at several locations on the zoo grounds.

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Also included in the exhibit is a "Tarantulas of the World" interactive map, a "Name that Tarantula" educational activity, a tarantula musical showcase and "Tarantula Burrow" display for kids to climb on.

Zoo visitors can see the exhibit with a regular zoo admission, which costs $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and $10 for adults.

The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day this summer. Find more information at lszooduluth.org .

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