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Not So Scary Animals: Muriphobia

Updated: Dec 9, 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 myths and help you see our extraordinary creatures in a whole new light.

What is a phobia?

Phobias are the overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal (NHS, 2018). Rationally, it is highly unlikely that something bad will happen. Phobias may develop from childhood experiences, environmental factors or association of ideas.


With 8.7 million species of animals out there, it is no surprise that zoophobia is one of the most common classes of phobia in the world! We know that tarantulas, snakes, rats and creepy crawlies strike fear in many adults (chances are you will know an a arachnophob or musophob) but our animal team are on hand to help turn a fear to love - or at least a tolerance. ZooLab workshops allow our presenters to address these fears through tackling common misconceptions with fact and participants meeting the creatures in a safe environment.