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Butterfly Jungle Opens March 12 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It’s Time to Spread Your Wings and Fly, Little Butterfly: Annual Butterfly Jungle Lands at the San Diego Zoo Safari ParkThe butterflies are fluttering, the birds are chirping, and the nectar plants are in. This week, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle opens to the public, and the excitement is palpable. Thousands of butterflies from more than 20 species will flitter around guests as they make their way through the tropical Hidden Jungle aviary. Safari Park visitors will get the chance to see butterflies from Asia, Africa and Central, South and North America—including the electric blue morpho, the exotic giant owl, and the brilliant orange Julia. There may even be a surprise species or two this year.

“We are always pleasantly surprised if we get an unusual species that is on our import permit, and so will our guests be,“ said Michael Mace, curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “With 20 species of butterflies, there’s every color, shape and size for everyone.” Guests will also be mesmerized by the lush greenery and many exotic birds that populate Hidden Jungle, such as red-crested turacos, African pygmy geese and beautiful sunbirds.

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Rare Rescued Butterflies at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

rare-butterfliesSan Diego Zoo Safari Park animal care staff gently unpacked 130 butterfly pupae on Thursday, February 26. The pupae, living butterfly cocoons, are an endangered species from Indonesia. The insects were confiscated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials from a shipment sent into the United States.

“The butterfly pupae are known by the common name, Birdwing, and they are a CITES 1 protected species,” said Michael Mace, curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We have been able to offer sanctuary to these rare insects and expect that they will live out their lives here at the Park.”

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Butterfly Jungle Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

“Hoo” Is That on My Shoulder: Butterfly Jungle Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park  A giant owl butterfly sits on the shoulder of amused Gabrielle Ortiz, age 12, of Carlsbad, this morning during a preview of Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo SafarThousands of butterflies floated and fluttered around the Hidden Jungle Aviary at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this morning as children and adults alike marveled at the beautiful winged insects. The attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the Safari Park’s annual springtime event, Butterfly Jungle, which opens Saturday, March 14 and runs through April 12.

At Butterfly Jungle, the walk-through Hidden Jungle aviary has been transformed into a temporary home for more than 30 species of butterflies. In the aviary, the delicate and colorful creatures surround guests, fluttering lightly through the warm air to find flowers to feed upon. The aviary is also home to lush greenery and exotic birds including finches, colorful turacos and sunbirds, as well as many others.

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Condor Chick Named at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

condorbabyThe young condor chick who hatched on April 29 and is visible on San Diego Zoo Global’s Condor Cam now has a name: Su’nan, which means “to continue to or to keep on” in the Chumash language.

An online naming contest conducted by San Diego Zoo Global’s Wildlife Conservancy announced that Su’nan was the final winner, with 900 votes. In second place was the name Antik, which means “to recover,” with just over 600 votes.

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