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Butterfly Jungle

Separate ticket purchase required

New this year, Butterfly Jungle is a paid ticketed reservation.  All members and visitors that are planning to enjoy this experience can purchase tickets here.  Additionally, all visitors ages 3 and up require a valid admission ticket or membership, along with a reservation to visit the Safari Park. Members and guests of all ages will love this immersive wildlife experience that allows them safe and semi-exclusive access to the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary—filled with thousands of colorful, fluttering butterflies. During their journey, guests will learn about the different species of these winged wonders and the Park’s conservation efforts to care for them through themed, educational signage and live presentations. Don’t let this magical moment flutter by without you! 

To visit and enjoy Butterfly Jungle, all visitors are required to:

Purchase a Butterfly Jungle Safari (includes up to 6 household members).

All visitors ages 3 and up are required to have either an admission ticket, or a membership and a reservation.

For more information, see Butterfly Jungle FAQ at the bottom of this page.

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Butterfly Jungle Safari

  • All ages
  • $60 per household group up to 6
  • Hidden Jungle

Visit Butterfly Jungle in an all new way! Learn about the butterfly life cycle on your way into the Hidden Jungle, and become immersed in the wonder of butterflies. The crowd-free environment will allow you to move about the space, capturing photos and learn from wildlife interpreters like never before.

The experience lasts approximately 30 minutes from check-in to exit, with 15 minutes of semi-private access in the Hidden Jungle. A separate admission ticket or membership is required for Park entry. Please note: All members and visitors must purchase a timed reservation to experience Butterfly Jungle Safari.

Maximum 6 guests per household group, including children 2 and younger, per ticket. Only offered as a private buyout with up to six household members. Maximum of 5 children per adult; ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

On the day of your visit, stop by any Safari Park ticket booth outside or inside the turnstiles and enhance your Butterfly Safari experience with an upgrade to include a group photo, butterfly feeding, or both! (Not available for advance purchase.)

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Butterfly Jungle Breakfast

  • All ages
  • $75 per person
  • Saturday, April 24
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Mombasa Pavilion

Enjoy a delicious and bountiful breakfast in Mombasa Pavilion, followed by an early viewing of the beautiful butterflies in Hidden Jungle.

Guests will be seated in single household groups. Price includes tax; nonmembers add Safari Park admission. For reservations, book online, or call 619-718-3000.

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Butterfly Jungle Dinner

  • All ages
  • $97 per person
  • Saturday, April 17
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy exclusive viewing of butterflies in Hidden Jungle, followed by a delectable, spring-inspired four-course dinner. Guests will also enjoy a presentation on butterflies by a Safari Park wildlife care specialist.

Guests will be seated in single household groups. Price includes tax. For reservations, book online, or call 619-718-3000.

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Behind-the-Scenes Safari: Butterflies and Friends

  • All ages

Behind the Scenes Safari: Butterflies and Friends is a private, 90-minute Safari that includes 25 minutes of exclusive time within the Butterfly Jungle habitat and a 5-minute bug scatter within the aviary. Before the adventure ends, you will travel by foot to meet and greet more of our flighted friends and learn about the Safari Park’s mission to end extinction. Nectar for butterfly feeding and a group photo are included in this experience.

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Roar & Snore Safari: All Ages—Butterfly Jungle All Access

  • All ages
  • $169 and up/per person
  • Selected dates

Spend the night at the Safari Park with your family! Campers of all ages are invited to enjoy a relaxing evening at camp, self-guided visits to animal areas, an animal ambassador visit, and socially distanced camp activities. Your Roar & Snore Safari begins with exclusive access to Butterfly Jungle! Each guest will receive an enrichment feeding tool to attract the butterflies. A single group photo per tent is included.

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Butterfly Cam

 

Enjoy this livestream video view from inside the climate-controlled Hidden Jungle habitat, where around 30 species of butterflies flit and feed. Watch for zebra longwings, giant swallowtails, blue morphos, and more! 
 

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Protecting California's Butterflies

 

San Diego County is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to a dazzling array of wildlife—including 150 different kinds of butterflies! Find out how you can help secure a safe future for California's butterflies.

Butterfly Jungle FAQ

When is Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park?
Spring Safari featuring Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park will be open 51 days in 2021, from Saturday, March 20, 2021 through Sunday, May 9, 2021.

What are the hours for Butterfly Jungle?
The Butterfly Jungle habitat is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., between Saturday, March 20, 2021 and Sunday, May 9, 2021.  

What’s new for Butterfly Jungle in 2021? 
In 2021, Butterfly Jungle habitat entry will be by reservation only, sold to household groups of up to six (6) household guests maximum, with no age restrictions. Each household group will have the opportunity to experience five viewing zones within the habitat, with a personal guide in each zone to narrate and answer questions. (Household groups of more than 6 individuals must purchase two time slots.) Park admission is separate and required.

Is Butterfly Jungle included with Safari Park admission and/or membership?
In 2021, Butterfly Jungle is purchased separately from and is not included with Safari Park admission and/or membership. All Butterfly Jungle visitors, including members, ages 3 and up, must reserve and purchase a timed ticket for Butterfly Jungle. You can make a Butterfly Jungle reservation and purchase Butterfly Jungle tickets for up to six (6) household members here. (Household groups of more than 6 individuals must purchase two time slots.) Non-members can reserve and purchase required Safari Park admission here. Members must make reservations to visit the Safari Park on the same date as their Butterfly Jungle reservations here. Park admission is separate and required.

I am a member; why do I have to pay to see the Butterfly Jungle experience this year?
To safely and fully enjoy the Butterfly Jungle experience this year, we have implemented a timed reservation system that includes a semi-private guided tour through the butterfly habitat. Each household (6 people maximum) will enter as one group and be guided through, maintaining appropriate social distancing from other groups. No more than five total households will be allowed in the habitat at any time, to ensure we continue to maintain our high levels of safety and sanitation protocols. All guests ages 3 and up will need a date and time specific ticket to visit Butterfly Jungle. You can make a Butterfly Jungle reservation and purchase Butterfly Jungle tickets for up to six (6) household members here. (Household groups of more than 6 individuals must purchase two time slots.) Park admission is separate and required.

I am a member; do I need a reservation to come to the Safari Park and a reservation to see Butterfly Jungle?
All guests ages 3 and up will need a ticket, or reservation and valid membership to visit the Safari Park. In addition, all guests ages 3 and up will need a date- and time-specific ticket to visit Butterfly Jungle. Butterfly tickets can be purchased online. Price is for up to six (6) household members. (Household groups of more than 6 individuals must purchase two time slots.) Park admission is separate and required.

What programs and Safaris include the butterflies? In 2021, we offer several: 
•    Behind the Scenes Safari: Butterflies and Friends is a private, 90-minute Safari that includes 25 minutes of exclusive time within the Butterfly Jungle habitat and a 5-minute bug scatter within the aviary.  
•    Roar & Snore Safari: All Ages—Butterfly Jungle All Access: These special Roar & Snore sleepovers will include an All Access Pass to Butterfly Jungle (including group feeding and a single group photo) on selected weekends between March 20 and May 8, 2021.
•    Butterfly Jungle Breakfast is available from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 or Saturday, April 24, reservations required. Guests seated in single household groups will enjoy an early viewing of the beautiful butterflies in Hidden Jungle, followed by a delicious and bountiful breakfast buffet in Mombasa Pavilion.
•    Butterfly Jungle Dinner is available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19 or Saturday, April 17, reservations required. Guests seated in single household groups will enjoy exclusive viewing of the butterflies in Hidden Jungle, followed by a delectable spring-inspired four-course dinner. A Safari Park wildlife care specialist will give a presentation providing fascinating insights about butterflies.

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