Experience the dark and dangerous beauty in nature.
October 5, 2012
The Botanic Garden opens a gallery full of nature's darkest and most dangerous beauties for Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous from Oct. 6 - Nov. 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. The showroom is filled with the living visual art of nature, from delicate flesh-eating plants to a kaleidoscope of deadly and not so deadly arthropods, rodents, reptiles and amphibians.
"We have a whole new cast of characters and a different feel at this year's show," said Dr. Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates. "The art gallery theme allows us to showcase some really stunning species and reveal the hidden beauty of other species that people might find weird or creepy."
Colorful tarantulas, polka-dotted roaches, free-roaming orb weavers and bizarre naked mole rats are some of the creepy crawlers you can see at the show. In one corner, a still pool reflects children's faces as they look for alligators in the dark water. A series of domes hold North American species, while pedestals feature contemporary arrangements of rare orchids, Venus flytraps and pitcher plants, which will be sold to benefit carnivorous plant conservation.
Guests are invited to view this gallery of natural art as they stroll through the Botanic Garden. Insectarium staff and volunteers provide hands-on educational opportunities, including the chance to touch a few of these creatures. Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous is the perfect adventure for the Halloween season and included with regular admission.
If the show leaves you yearning for more, join us for an unforgettable finale at Creeping, Crawling Cuisine on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Edible insects and other sustainable, exotic fare will be served to adventurous diners. Tickets are $25 from BioPark cashiers or online; they must be purchased in advance. (We're sorry, ticket sales are closed. If you would like to be notified about next year's event, please email [email protected] or dial 505-848-7180.)