Fatal attraction is the deadly draw for Tring museum’s new show

Author Nicola Davies
Author Nicola Davies

Nature red in tooth and claw provides the focus for the next free exhibition heading towards Tring’s Natural History Museum.

Visitors young and old will get a chance to find out the truth about some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet when Deadly! opens later this month.

Punching and poisoning, drowning and exploding – animals have ingenious methods of attack that make some of them not just dangerous but deadly.

Among the creatures featured in the exhibition are killer cats, scary sharks, top dogs and speedy sea creatures. And it’s not all about size – some of the killer creatures which will be taking centre stage are tiny, but certainly not to be ignored.

Deadly! opens on Monday, March 24 to make the most of the Easter holidays, and will run until the first week of July at the popular Akeman Street attraction.

The show is based on the book of the same name by leading children’s natural history author Nicola Davies.

She will be coming along to the opening of the exhibition on March 24, meeting readers and signing copies of the book from 4pm to 7pm.

Although she confesses to be a bit of a wimp former TV presenter Nichola has had some up close and personal experiences with dangerous animals, including a killer whale.

But she counts coming face to face with a buffalo on a remote African road as one encounter not to repeat.

“Buffalo are responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other animal — they are huge, with enormous horns and absolutely foul tempers,” she said. She beat a hasty retreat in her tiny car.

Opening hours at the museum are 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.