Rare spiders bred in zoo
ONE of the rarest spiders has been bred in captivity in what is believed to be a world’s first.
More than 1,000 Desertas wolf spiderlings, classed as critically endangered, have hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Keepers hand-reared some of the spiderlings from tiny eggs, as they are so precious.
They currently measure just 4mm in diameter but will grow to be huge black and white adults ( above) up to 12cm in size.
The species is currently found in one valley on Desertas Grande, one of the Desertas islands near Madeira, Portugal.