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Not So Scary Animals: Arachnophobia

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

At ZooLab, our Rangers meet people of all ages with phobias of one or more of our creatures. Over the next few months, Jessica will examine some of the most common animal fears that we encounter to debunk the myths and help you see our extraordinary creatures in a whole new light.

How does fear relate to phobias?

Phobias are an intense reaction to fear, but what is fear and why do we experience it? Fear is one of our basic human emotions - it is programmed into our brain as a survival mechanism to help us sense and avoid danger; it works on instinct.

Have you heard of the brains ‘flight or fight’ response? In order to deal with perceived threats, the brain encourages us to run or fight environmental threats - it is a primal trait passed on by our ancient ancestors. Fear keeps us safe - for the most part. However, our fear receptors can trigger when a threat is nonexistent or greatly exaggerated and from here an irrational phobia is born.

This month's phobia: Arachnophobia