- Nov 1, 2012
So my son is almost a year old now and I'm faced with a dilemma/opportunity (depends on how u see it) - I'm contemplating what to do with myself, as my husband and I agreed I would be a stay-at-home mom for one year. Right after graduating college, I got my CA state general B contractors license and started my own woman owned and operated construction/landscaping/renovation company. When I found out I was pregnant I had to quit working and put the business on hold BC it wasn't safe to do what I was doing with a baby in me lol. So I haven't been working since June of 2015. But I have had a lot of time to spend with my Ts and I've developed a big giant pipe dream of working with them rather than going back to contracting. I know it's ridiculously lofty, but would like to help expand the tarantula exhibits at zoos and museums. I've noticed that tarantulas are very underrepresented - for example, my local zoo only has 2 Ts on display: a G. rosea (of course) and an H. lividum in their "bug house." Even when I went to a special tarantula exhibit, they only had 5 actual live Ts max. And they were only new world terrestrials. It would certainly be amazing to educate people about tarantulas that aren't just big and brown. My husband and I spend lots of time creating life-like enclosures for our various display species (our adult pokies and large terrestrials especially) and we are keeping about 50 different species currently. I have a ridiculous amount of molts that could be displayed as well (I LOOOVE to work with molts, specifically artistically - I make exuviae jewelry, but it's not particularly in demand with the general public, it's really more a hobby). Like I said, it's a pipe dream and it may not (probably won't) go anywhere sadly... but had anyone done anything like this before? Worked with or for organizations, like the zoo or museums, and know the process of getting in touch with the right people? Or have any info on the matter that could be helpful? Again, I know it's a long shot, but, hey, u never know...