Butterflies n’ Blooms has ended for the season. Be sure to visit again starting late spring of 2018! Check back soon for more information.
Experience hundreds of graceful native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers, basking in the sunlight and flying freely as you wander through our new 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located in the Africa Zone across from the bongo exhibit. Free with the Zoo admission May 20 through September 24, weather permitting.
See if you can identify monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies from amongst 700 winged beauties representing a dozen native species. Learn about the types of nectar and host plants needed to sustain butterflies throughout their life cycle: from egg to caterpillar to chrysalid to butterfly. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to see a butterfly emerge.
Bring a camera to capture your encounters with these delicate, brilliantly colored creatures. You’ll emerge with a sense of awe and a better understanding of the environment and protections needed for the survival of these beautiful animals — plus ways to help them thrive in your own backyard.