March 20th, 2012
March 24 to April 15, 2012 – Thousands of Butterflies Descend on the Safari Park
Once a year, the magic of butterflies sparks wonder and imagination among visitors both young and old at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. During a three week period – March 24 to April 15, 2012 – guests can walk among thousands of brightly colored butterflies in a huge aviary filled with lush green plants and flowers. Guests who come year after year know to have their cell phones and cameras ready to snap a shot when one of the delicate beauties lands on their shoulder or head!
Butterfly Jungle is a unique opportunity to observe up close over 30 species of butterflies hailing from Africa, Asia and Central and South America including the Monarch, Giant Swallowtail and Blue Morpho, as well as some more exotic sounding species such as the Zebra Longwing, Orange-Barred Tiger and Grecian Shoemaker. This year for the first time, guests will be able to take special identification cards with them through the exhibit and try to name each species.
Not far from Butterfly Jungle, guests can check out more winged creatures at the Safari Park’s new bat exhibit: a cloud of 13 Rodrigues fruit bats. Special activities are scheduled throughout the Park during Butterfly Jungle. There also will be butterfly-themed foods from the Park’s kitchens, such as cupcakes, to enjoy.
Butterfly Jungle takes place from March 24, 2012 to April 15, 2012. This event is free with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
About the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Formerly known as the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is located approximately 35 miles northeast of the Zoo, in Escondido, California at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA, 92027. The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park is operated by the not-for-profit San Diego Zoo and includes a 900-acre native species reserve. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.
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