The Butterflies are Back at The Calgary Zoo

by The Calgary Zoo

Escape the lingering winter to the tropical oasis of the ENMAX Conservatory’s Garden Gallery at the Calgary Zoo

The Garden Gallery is alive with the fluttering of butterflies, just in time for spring.


Our first delivery of chrysalis arrived earlier this month all the way from Costa Rica and included 130 chrysalis representing 27 different species. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the captivating process of emergence as each chrysalis moves through the stages of its lifecycle before taking flight in the gallery. By June, upwards of 500 longwings, blue morphos, giant owls and more will glide through the Garden Gallery at any given time.


As the days grow longer, the nectar plants will soak in the sunshine revealing their colourful blooms, transforming the garden into a lush floral environment.

For a short video on the butterflies’ process of emergence, click here.

For more information please contact:
Larissa Mark
Assistant Manager, Communications
Phone: (403) 294-7677
Mobile: (403) 998-0478

About The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.