These spiders create the strongest yet most flexible natural fiber in the world

Spider silk, created by Golden Orb Weaver spiders, is the world’s strongest natural fiber, but it's also extremely lightweight and flexible — qualities unmatched by other fibers, such as cotton or nylon. So how do we make this a sustainable industry while effectively using rainforest resources? 

Well, maybe you can farm them.

That's what Roger Tory Peterson Institute conservation staff and Forman School students and staff are looking into.

Farming Golden Orb Weaver spiders in Costa Rica can create awareness of the spiders — and the importance of their silk production — while safely utilizing habitat. 

These spiders have now been recognized by over 1,070 individuals. 

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