Poor spiders! They seem to be at or near the top of most folks’ list of creepy crawly icky things that they don’t want anywhere near them. They usually make the sides of pest control vans too, even though they’re practically the opposite of a pest. Spiders never infest your food supplies, but they eat some of the things that do, they don’t bite you without a good reason, and some of them construct super cool webs.
Of the more than nine hundred species of spider in Texas, only two are potentially dangerous (barring an allergic reaction similar to how some people react to bee stings); the black widow and brown recluse. Both of these are quite shy, choosing to stay hidden and let food come to them.
Spiders are an incredibly diverse and fascinating group of animals. There are small ones, big ones, fuzzy ones; some burrow, some make huge webs way up high, some use silk as a lasso, some take care of their babies for a time, some dive under water taking along a bubble of air. There is even one that spits a combination of glue and venom at its prey-how cool is that? Some are just downright cute.
As with other venomous creatures, many people tend to be overly concerned about them. Bites do happen on occasion, though almost always from accidental contact. We come close to many more spiders than we will ever know because of their usual small size and reclusive habits. This Halloween, let’s give spiders some credit and think of them as natural pest control instead of pests themselves!
Find out more cool stuff about spiders – check out Spider Facts on the Discovery Channel website
Join us on May 19th and 20th for Wildlife Heroes weekend at the Houston Zoo. On May 20th we welcome Jeff Flocken, co-author of Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals they are Committed to Saving for a book-signing and presentations by zoo staff on the focus species of the book. Wildlife Heroes will be available for sale at the zoo on May 20th, quantities are limited! Books are also available for pre-order on the Houston Zoo website at: https://www.houstonzoo.org/wildlife-heroes/for a dicounted price until May 17th.
My first heroes were animal people. When I went to zoos my heroes were the zoo keepers and when I watched animal documentaries the researchers were my heroes. We all need amazing people to inspire us and that is why the new book Wildlife Heroes is so wonderful.
The book includes 40 people overcoming impossible odds to save endangered species all over the world. If you are looking for real heroes for your children to look up to look now further!
The unique stories in this book of local communities becoming involved in anti-poaching, education and research efforts for wildlife in their own back yard are immeasurably inspiring! In one story a young boy, Thia grew up in Northern Vietnam watching his village hunt the very species he fights to save today. His passion to help a unique species called the pangolin will warm your heart!
I have had the honor of meeting many of the heroes in this book (including the authors) over the years and they inspire me to move forward in my own wildlife conservation work. These are real people making a real difference!
This book introduces readers to pollinator and amphibian decline and other environment issues that continue to threaten our world. But it also offers great messages of hope. In the last chapter Jack Hannah suggests ways the reader can help, and the good news is that by purchasing the Wildlife Heroes book you are already helping- 100 % of the proceeds go to the projects featured in the book. A win for everyone!
Hope to see you at the Houston Zoo for our Wildlife Heroes weekend May 19th and 20th!
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Something egg-citing is coming to the Houston Zoo! Hop over on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to witness our gorillas, meerkats, elephants and more participate in their very own egg hunt during EGG-stravaganza. Zoo guests can also join in on the fun with an eggstra-special scavenger hunt. ... See MoreSee Less