Butterflies! They taste with their feet and have a suction tube for a mouth. Their eyes have thousands of lenses and see flowers in ultraviolet light. During their lives, each butterfly transforms from caterpillar to pupa to fluttering adult.
As butterflies deserve recognition, we’ve created an event in their honor. Butterfly Jungle is an annual springtime celebration at the Safari Park.
Our Hidden Jungle is home to our butterflies. Inside this rain forest greenhouse, you’ll see thousands of butterflies above and around you. Watch as they sip nectar from flowers and feeders.
Preparation for this event starts months in advance. We import the butterflies while they’re still pupae, from butterfly farms in Central and South America.
Our exhibit is not intended to keep an ongoing population of butterflies. We don’t include host plants, and the butterflies don’t lay eggs. Most adult butterflies live less than a month, so many of our butterflies complete their lives naturally.