Close Encounters of the Butterfly Kind: San Diego Zoo Safari Park Opens Butterfly Jungle April 5, 2014

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Butterfly Jungle Andrew Camacho, age 7, of Santa Ana, Calif., investigates a blue morpho butterfly that landed on his hand this morning during a preview of Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The annual event opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, and offers Safari Park guests the chance to see thousands of butterflies as they walk through an aviary filled with 30 different species from Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

Guests can see thousands of butterflies as they walk through an aviary filled with the flying creatures during Butterfly Jungle. The butterfly species highlighted this year 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, where the event takes place. 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 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

CONTACT: San Diego Zoo Global Public Relations, 619-685-3291