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Visit the BioPark's Creeping, Crawling & Carnivorous Show


Get a sneak peek of the future BUGarium from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3 .

Visit the BioPark's Creeping, Crawling & Carnivorous Show

Elephant beetle. Photo by Augie Samaniego/ABQ BioPark.

September 30, 2013

The Botanic Garden’s Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show features nature’s dark and dangerous beauties as a prelude to Halloween. Full of stinging scorpions, furry tarantulas and flesh-eating plants, this year’s show highlights the BUGarium, a state-of-the-art exhibit scheduled to open at the Botanic Garden in late 2014. Creep into the Showroom to meet fascinating creatures from all corners of the Earth and see plans for their future exhibits. The show will be open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from October 4 to November 3 and is included with regular admission.

“At long last, it’s almost time to break ground on the BUGarium, and the Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show is going to be a preview of what’s to come,” said Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates. “We’re looking forward to having a permanent space to exhibit some of the most unusual, beautiful and industrious animals we have at the BioPark.”

The preview includes a fly-through video of the BUGarium and a 3D model of the future building, which will be located near the Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond. Throughout the Showroom, live insects and arachnids will bring the exhibit preview to life. Come face to face with centipedes, scorpions and tarantulas. Then peer into tanks of predacious diving beetles, giant water bugs and water scorpions. A naked mole rat complex features these bizarre, nearly hairless mammals and gives a glimpse into the social life of colonies.

Guests are invited to create bug poetry and art at the discovery station. Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous will also provide great views of animals for the Bug Out category in the BioPark’s 2013 Online Photo Contest. Stop in for some Halloween fun and check out plans for the future BUGarium.

If the show leaves you yearning for more, join us for a different kind of creepy, crawly event--the Welcome to Our Exotic Earth destination dinner on Saturday, November 2 from 7 - 9 p.m. Dine next to live reptiles from North America, Asia and Africa as you experience the world’s cuisine in a five-course meal. A portion of proceeds benefit the New Mexico BioPark Society. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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