Bug zoo comes to PEEC

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 The Harrell House of Natural Oddities will bring some of the world’s most unusual creatures to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 6:30 p.m. July 10, as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings series.  

The program is free for PEEC members and $10 per family for non-members.

The Harrell House is a family-run business based in Santa Fe, and dedicated to educating the public about arthropods.  

They travel the country putting on insect shows and will bring their critters to PEEC. Their collection includes tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, crabs and more.

They’ll present information on each animal’s scientific classification, its diet, natural habitat and its relationship to humans as well as its role in the environment.  

Wade Harrell has kept strange animals as pets since he was six years old. He was the animal specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Va., for 12 years.

He is the current president of the American Tarantula Society.  In 2011 Harrell, his wife Beth, and daughter Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House of Natural Oddities.

For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.