Butterfly Jungle Safari

Safari star
  • All ages
  • Daily, March 16–May 12
  • Approximately 30 minutes from check-in to exit; 20 minutes inside of Butterfly Jungle
  • Hidden Jungle
  • Butterflies
  • Become immersed in the vibrant world of pollinators as you explore the Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle. Once a year, this aviary transforms into a world of color. As butterflies fly around you, capture amazing photos—and experience wonder while discovering the important role butterflies play in nature.

    This 20-minute experience includes enrichment to offer the butterflies while you explore the habitat. Guides and wildlife care staff will be available inside the Hidden Jungle aviary to enhance guests' experience throughout their visit. A separate admission ticket or membership is required for Safari Park entry.

    Learn more about butterflies with this field guide. 

    Due to fire safety codes, we are limited to five carried infants (under the age of one) through the Butterfly Jungle experience at the same time. To ensure a spot for everyone in your party, please reserve and purchase a space for everyone, including infants under the age of one. Groups with infants under the age of one without a purchased ticket may be rescheduled to another time slot upon arrival.

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    Wildlife Photo Trek: Butterfly Jungle

    • Ages 12 & up
    • $29 & up, per person
    • Offered on select weekend dates
    • 90 minutes
    • View Age/Safety Restrictions
      • This tour involves about 15-20 minutes of walking, mostly on established pathways with moderate slopes.
      • Mobility devices are permitted. Due to the early start time, wheelchairs and ECVs will not be available to rent on grounds prior to the tour starting.
      • No cart/shuttle transport available.
      • No strollers and wagons allowed inside of the habitat.
      • No food or drink allowed inside of the habitat; water is okay.
      • Service animals are not permitted inside of the habitat due to the direct contact with wildlife.
      • No restrooms available inside of the experience. Guests are advised to use the restroom before tour begins.
      • Tours may be canceled for animal welfare reasons.
      • Comfortable attire, walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended


    This 90-minute photography experience allows guests to spend 1 hour inside of Butterfly Jungle to photograph the birds and butterflies. Starting just beyond the turnstiles at signpost 1, the guide will walk Wildlife Photo Trek guests to the Hidden Jungle where they are invited to set-up camera equipment and capture their moment.

    Tours are available to guests ages 12 and older of all abilities. Mobility devices are permitted, strollers and wagons are not permitted inside of the habitat. This tour involves about 15-20 minutes of walking on established pathways, and 60 minutes of standing with access to limited seating.

    Camera equipment is not provided, and no assistance is provided for the transport of personal equipment

    Participants who request to leave the butterfly habitat prior to 9:00 a.m. will be escorted to the Park exit.

    Ticket holder agrees not to commercially use any photography or recordings in any form taken at the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


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