Giraffes at the Safari Park
March 3, 2022



San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Public Relations




San Diego Zoo Safari Park Celebrates the Arrival of Spring with Seasonal Festivities and Special, Up-close Opportunities to Feed Butterflies

Spring Safari Featuring Butterfly Jungle, Proudly Supported by Wheelhouse Credit Union, Returns March 19–May 8

SAN DIEGO (March 3, 2022) – This spring break, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park invites guests to celebrate in full color—with an escape into nature. Spring Safari Featuring Butterfly Jungle, March 19 through May 8, will allow guests to experience wildlife up close while enjoying the open spaces and stunning vistas of the Safari Park. Here, visitors and their families can go on a wild, global adventure without ever leaving Southern California—and with every visit, guests help the nonprofit San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and its partners save wildlife around the world.

          With the arrival of spring comes the emergence of butterflies. As part of Spring Safari, the Safari Park will feature an optional premium Butterfly Jungle Safari experience, where visitors can celebrate the beauty of butterflies up close, wander through Hidden Jungle aviary among hundreds of colorful, fluttering butterflies and even have a chance to feed them. Butterfly Jungle puts the spotlight on these incredible creatures, bringing attention to the important role they play in ecosystems.

           During Spring Safari Featuring Butterfly Jungle, the Safari Park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For adults looking to upgrade their seasonal experience, a Mimosa Wildlife Safari will be available on Saturdays and Sundays.

          In addition to extraordinary encounters with wildlife, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be filled with springtime treats and festivities around every corner. Guests will enjoy live entertainment from hip-hop dance team the Ladybugs, musical duo the Bluebirds and adventurer extraordinaire Safari Parker, among a host of others. Must-try strawberry-themed food and beverages available for purchase will delight guests’ palates, with choices ranging from strawberry cream cheese wontons to a peanut butter and strawberry jam bacon burger, to a springtime classic: strawberry lemonade.

          The Safari Park’s 1,800 acres are home to vital conservation efforts, with more than 3,600 individual animals from more than 300 species, and a botanical collection of more than 1.75 million plants. The Quino checkerspot butterfly and the Laguna Mountains skipper are two endangered species that have dwindled to a few sparse colonies around San Diego County, largely due to agricultural and urban development. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is working to help these populations recover. By participating in Spring Safari Featuring Butterfly Jungle, guests help support vital conservation locally and around the globe.


About San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. The Alliance empowers people from around the globe to support their mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance supports cutting-edge conservation and brings the stories of their work back to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park—giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance extends from San Diego to strategic and regional conservation “hubs” across the globe, where their strengths—including the renowned Wildlife Biodiversity Bank—are able to effectively align with hundreds of regional partners to improve outcomes for wildlife in more coordinated efforts. By leveraging these tools in wildlife care and conservation science, and through collaboration with hundreds of partners, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has reintroduced more than 44 endangered species to native habitats. Each year, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work reaches over 1 billion people in 150 countries via news media, social media, their websites, educational resources and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers television programming, which is in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. Success is made possible by the support of members, donors and guests to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, who are Wildlife Allies committed to ensuring all life thrives.