Opens Sat., May 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily | Located Near Zoomazium | Free with admission or membership
OPENS SAT., MAY 27
Take a walk among a variety of Pacific Northwest gardens and experience native North American butterflies in the zoo’s new immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden exhibit. Woodland Park Zoo’s new exhibit emphasizes both the fragility and resilience of nature through the display of what many consider to be among the most beautiful of natural expressions: butterflies and flowers.
Visitors will learn about the biology, behavior and threats facing these winged beauties, and be inspired to take local and global conservation action for butterflies and other pollinators. An arching tent structure encloses a landscape of approximately 3,000 square feet, and nearly 500 free-flying butterflies will represent at least 15 species native to North America. The Butterfly Garden is free with zoo admission.
Tips for a Butterfly-Friendly Garden
1. Learn about which butterflies live in your region to discover how to attract native butterflies to your garden.
2. Provide plants that help butterflies survive. Butterflies need different plants at different stages of life. Make sure you have food plants for caterpillars in your region as well as flowers that provide nectar for adult butterflies. Adults typically sip nectar from many different flowers and these are usually different from the caterpillar’s food plants.
3. Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides are harmful for butterflies, birds, pets and kids. Healthy plants can withstand some damage caused by caterpillars that chew.
4. Include some native plants to help ensure that the garden provides for a diversity of butterfly species.
Saving Northwest Butterflies
These rare beauties of the Northwest are getting a head start at the zoo on their path to recovering threatened wild populations.
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