Check Out The Butterfly Jungle At San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park!
If you haven’t already heard, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a special springtime exhibit running from March 11th through April 23rd; the Butterfly Jungle, and it’s pretty sweet!
The Butterfly Jungle isn’t a huge enclosure, but it’s filled with thousands of butterflies bound to make your heart flutter! (See what we did there?)
Now you have been warned… if you go on the weekends, there will be a line and there will be a wait. If you’re not that patient, you can pay a $20 “cut-the-line” fee.
The park staff is also really good about letting you know when they expect slower times during the day so that you won’t have to wait so long. If you’re lucky enough to be able to go on a weekday, park staff informed us that there normally isn’t a wait at all.
The park sells pieces of watermelon for those who wish to feed the butterflies, and fun fact: they won’t be tasting it with their mouth but with their feet!
Once you get into the enclosure, it’s noticeably humid to keep the butterflies comfortable – like in their natural habitat.
The staff is very careful that you are thoroughly checked before you leave to make sure that you don’t have any hitchhikers.
If too many butterflies get out and start messing with the local population, the exhibit is at risk of getting shut down; which would be a major bummer for those of us to love to enjoy the annual exhibit!
The staff is also very careful to inform all guests not to touch the butterflies. If they land on you, it’s totally fine to let them hang out, but the wings are so fragile that if they are constantly getting grabbed, they basically flake apart.
So be gentle with these fragile friends, and make sure to wear bright colors and have your camera ready to get some cool snaps of the beautiful butterflies.