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

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