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Rainforest Trail

Set amongst water features and plant life designed to represent the special ecosystem of a rainforest, the Rainforest Trail features over 500 free-flying butterflies from around the world, colorful fish, a sloth, and more. This new animal attraction leads a new wave of enhancements to the park’s animal offerings in 2023.

This tropical paradise is filled with butterflies of various colors and sizes from all over the world. The 100-foot-by-50-foot glass atrium was originally the first major walk-through butterfly habitat in the western United States when it opened in 1988. Inside you’ll find some 500 different species. This popular attraction has been named by many as their favorite place to visit when they come to the park!

Butterflies are very colorful and can be yellow, orange, purple, white, black, and many other colors. Since they can see a wider range of colors including ultra-violet and infrared light, the world through their eyes is even more vibrant and colorful than it is to us humans. 

Before you leave though, remember to check your clothing for any hitchhikers!

Animal Fact

Near Thrilla Gorilla
About Butterflies

  • Scientific Name: Rhopalocera
  • Most butterflies fly around 5-12mph.

Fun Fact

  • Butterflies taste with their feet
  • The fastest butterflies are the skippers, they can fly up to 37 mph.

Conservation Status

Migratory Monarch Butterflies are endangered.

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