Rare Birdwings Butterflies Arrive at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Saturday

Rare Birdwings Butterflies Arrive at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Saturday

  • Usually found only in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and Oceania, they’re taking flight in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics exhibit for a limited time, Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 2019
  • See the special release of these rare and giant butterflies on Sat., Nov. 23 at noon
  • Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission on Monday, Nov. 25!

Westminster, Colo – Nov. 20, 2019 – Make your holiday season extra beautiful and bright and discover some of the world’s most spectacular butterflies - Northern Birdwings! Typically, only found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and Oceania, they’re taking flight in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics exhibit for a limited time. Whether it be the nearly 9-inch wingspan of the brown and yellow females or the iridescent emerald scales and deep black borders of the males, these butterflies are a sight to behold. However, their gorgeous coloration makes them common victims of the illegal butterfly trade and they also face threats related to habitat loss and climate change.

Enjoy the inaugural release of these rare and giant butterflies, a didgeridoo performance by Swallow Hill Music and a live acrylic painting of a Northern Birdwing created by Butterfly Pavilion Educator Burgundy Hanna during a special release on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 12-1:15 p.m. in Wings of the Tropics.

Visit Butterfly Pavilion from Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 2019 to see these incredible animals up close and learn more about what you can do to protect them – even from right here in Colorado. Learn more at https://Butterflies.org. Experience is included with General Admission and is free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. Enjoy a discount on General Admission with special 2- or 4-pack ticket pricing.

LIVE Chrysalis CAM
Watch live as butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in real time with Butterfly Pavilion’s new Chrysalis Cam! Birdwings and other butterflies go through four stages of growth before they emerge as butterflies: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Butterfly Pavilion has installed a live camera in its Chrysalis Chamber, where butterfly pupas finalize their metamorphous into the adult butterflies, then are released into the Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Butterfly enthusiasts can now peek in live for their daily dose of this beautiful process, day or night, at Butterfles.org. 

Rainforest Yoga
Another way to connect with the beauty and magic of the Birdwing butterflies is through Rainforest Yoga at Butterfly Pavilion. This hour-long class inside the Wings of the Tropics exhibit provides a nature-centric yoga experience to rejuvenate your mind and body, while surrounded by exotic plants and beautiful butterflies.  This class is usually offered on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Learn more and book your class at https://Butterflies.org/Rainforest-yoga/.

KIDS are FREE on Nov. 25
All kids 12 and under can see the Birdwing Butterflies, visit the Chrysalis Chamber in person and explore other exhibits FREE on Monday, Nov. 25 with the purchase of an adult ticket in person or online. If buying online tickets, please purchase adult general admission tickets only and redeem at the front desk on November 25. Butterfly Pavilion is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo.

Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s permanent exhibits, other promotions and events, plus their important education, research and conservation work at www.Butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.

About Butterfly Pavilion:
Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited invertebrate zoo dedicated to transforming the way people think about the small but mighty animals that are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, and as a member institution of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future. Learn more at Butterflies.org.

Butterfly Pavilion Media Contacts: 
Kristen Petitt Stewart, kstewart@butterflies.org or 970-389-1561 or Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720-375-9984


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