The butterflies are returning to the Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will welcome back their butterfly exhibit (which will now also include hummingbirds) on October 26.

The Palm Desert zoo will reopen its 2,500 square-foot Winged Wonders pavilion at 9 am on the last Saturday of the month giving visitors a chance to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies representing more than 30 species including Monarch, Giant Owl, Queen, Zebra Longwing, Buckeye, Blue Morpho, and Painted Ladies.

“The pavilion is a special place inside The Living Desert, allowing guests of all ages to get up close and personal and observe butterflies and hummingbirds in their own unique environment,” said Erin Scott, Sr. Marketing and Public Relations Manager. “We are excited to not only educate visitors about the plight of the butterflies, but to add beautiful and fascinating hummingbirds to the experience as well.”

Guests also will revel in the close proximity to the world’s smallest birds. Their name refers to the humming sound made by their tiny fluttering wings, with each species making a different sound depending on the speed of the beating wings. Hummingbirds are nectivores with the large majority of their diet from flower nectar. They are the only birds that can fly backwards, as well as up, down, sideways, and upside down.

The Winged Wonders pavilion will be open daily from 9 am to 4pm through May 3, 2020. Admission is $3 for non-members and $2 for members (in addition to park entry).

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