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Butterfly Jungle 2020

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As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.


The Safari Park is currently closed, but you’re invited to join us for a Virtual Butterfly Jungle. Follow these links and spend some time celebrating these beautiful winged wonders.


  • Butterfly themed coloring page
    Cool Things for Kids

    Check out this San Diego Zoo Kids page and discover what makes butterflies so so amazing.

    Then, let the beauty of butterflies inspire your creativity! Click on these links to ideas for fun butterfly-themed crafts. You can share a photo of you and your kids having fun with these activites by posting it on the Safari Park Facebook page and tagging it #VirtualButterflyJungle. (facebook.com/sdzsafaripark)

    Coloring Page: Print this page and get coloring!

    Fuzzy Caterpillar Buddy: Before they're butterflies, they're caterpillars! Make one of your own.

    Caterpillar Keepsake Box: Here's a fun way to make your very own treasure box.

    Tissue Paper Butterfly: Make a butterfly—or a few—and hang it from a window or ceiling so it moves with the breeze.

    Slick Art: Use this technique to create some colorful paper. When it dries, cut out butterfly shapes and decorate your home with them.

  • Yellow swallowtail butterfly on purple flowers.
    Flit About and Find Out

    Land on these articles and soak up knowledge about butterflies, and how you can help the fluttering species in your area. Click on the titles to read all about it.

    Butterfly Basics at San Diego Zoo Animal & Plants
    Blooms for Butterflies at ZOONOOZ Online
    Butterflies: Delightful Diversions at ZOONOOZ Online

    Learn more about our efforts, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to help the Quino checkerspot butterfly, a Critically Endangered native species.

    Breeding in our Butterfly Conservation Lab
    Releasing Larvae
    Signs of Success

  • Monarch butterfly
    You Can Help: Seek and Share!

    Monarch butterflies are among the most recognizable type of butterfly, and many people know something of their amazing natural history. Yet mysteries remain, and you can help gather data to solve them. If you live in the Western US, we encourage you to become a citizen scientist to contribute to western monarch migration patterns.

    Visit the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper site and add your eyes, energy, and electronic devices to help monarch butterflies west of the Rockies.

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