Paignton Zoo has joined the Desertas wolf spider European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and is now home to three Desertas wolf spiders (Hogna ingens).

The Critically Endangered species also known as the Madeira wolf spider, is endemic to Vale da Castanheira, Desertas Islands, Maderia, Portugal and is believed to be the largest of the wolf spider species with a body size of 40 millimetres.

Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates keeper Lauren Lane: “This is an exciting new species for Paignton Zoo and will help us to educate our guests about spider conservation and enable us to contribute towards further research on the species”.

The spiders have come from Bristol Zoo where the EEP is managed and will be on display to Paignton Zoo guests later this year.

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