Spiders have poor public relations agents. Though fewer than 1% can harm people, spiders are often cast in villainous roles. Spiders are inherently fascinating animals, but fear keeps most people from getting to know about these little beasts. A tour of just a small number of the estimated 45,000 spider species reveals adaptations without equal, unbelievable behaviors, dazzling designs – perhaps even intelligence. Silk, venom, dining, romance … this group of misunderstood creatures has it all!
About our Speaker
Zack Lemann was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Duke University, where he earned degrees in both history and anthropology. He began working for the Audubon Nature Institute in 1992. Lemann has been fascinated with spiders since early childhood, and studied crevice weavers at the University of New Orleans while working towards a biology Master’s degree. Lemann’s current role as Curator of Animal Collections for Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium permits him to engage in informal science talks with museum guests, collect spiders for the facility, develop exhibits and programming related to arachnids, and respond to the ever-present queries from the public about them.