June 16 – September 3

Enjoy the spectacular sight of hundreds of North American butterflies at the end of the Tropics Trail.

The Butterfly Garden features more than 40 different species of North American butterflies and moths, fluttering in a beautiful environment that includes a small stream and a diversity of plants. This interactive exhibit demonstrates the butterfly life cycle, including stages as a caterpillar, chrysalis or cocoon, and adult. Zoo staff and volunteers will explain various butterfly activities including pollination, mating, and egg-laying.

Hours: Open daily June 16 through September 4, from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (weather permitting)
Location: The Butterfly Garden is located at the end of the Tropics Trail path
Price: FREE—included in general Zoo admission

Private Butterfly Encounter and Keeper Chat
Looking for a unique butterfly experience? Get hands-on, and help our Butterfly Garden staff release new winged pollinators into the garden. Learn about their amazing transformation from hungry caterpillar to adult butterfly, and experience the Butterfly Garden before it opens to the public.

The Butterfly Encounter is available Tuesdays – Sundays, at 10 am, now through August 19*. Tickets must be purchased day-of, by 9:45 am, at Guest Services. Tickets are $5 per butterfly and space is limited.

*weather permitting
*Not available July 24 or August 9.

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