Three-week Event Offered April 5 – April 27, 2014

More than 50 Instagram users participated in a “Instameet” at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle this morning to preview the popular annual butterfly event. Butterfly Jungle opens for the general public at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Guests at the Safari Park can see thousands of butterflies as they walk through an aviary filled with the flying creatures during Butterfly Jungle. The 30 butterfly species highlighted this year hail from Africa, Asia and Central and South America and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. Old favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail and blue morpho will be fluttering about as well.

There are 15 bird species that co-exist with the butterflies in the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary, where the event takes place, including two new birds this year: red-crested turacos and sunbirds.

During Butterfly Jungle, April 5-27, 2014, the Safari Park offers extended hours, opening early at 8 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Because of the popularity of Butterfly Jungle, the Safari Park is offering free timed tickets at the booth near Hidden Jungle. These tickets allow guests to arrive at a specific reserved time. Timed tickets are required during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. These time slots run out quickly! Open viewing is 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts representing both plants and animals at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The important conservation and science work of these entities is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.

B-roll includes: Guests previewing Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on April 4, 2014
Interview with Don Sterner, animal care manager, San Diego Zoo Safari Park



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