The Butterfly Jungle

by Gigi Ross on April 6, 2012

Yesterday a butterfly
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

Butterfly Jungle

I said, “I’d love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven’t wings, just these two arms.
I’ve been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.

He said, “What I’d love most to do
Is walk upon God’s Earth with you,
To squish it’s mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.

I’d love just once to walk around
With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven’t arms, just these two wings.”

And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we’d both seen God’s precious gifts
Through someone else’s eyes.


{Poem is by Anonymous and here isĀ the source.}

I was delighted to be invited to the Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park this past week. This special exhibit runs through April 15 and transforms the aviary of Hidden Jungle into a ephemeral world of butterflies – over 30 species in all.

Children were able to stand motionless while butterflies came to rest on their shoulders and fingers.

Butterfly Jungle
They are also given identification cards to help them identify each of the butterfly species within the jungle.

Some of the species hail from Asia, Africa and Central and South America. In Central America, the farmers who help harvest the butterflies are able to keep their land in a most pristine state – which is a win ecologically. Each week, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s horticulture staff replaces 200 to 300 plants to ensure that there is plenty of nectar for the butterflies to enjoy.

The experience of having a close-up encounter with this many butterflies is truly awe-inspiring. Admission to the Butterfly Jungle is included with your admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. If you do one family activity while in San Diego this spring, make it this one. It is truly special.

disclosure: I was provided with free admission to the San Diego Wild Animal Park to experience the Butterfly Jungle with my children. All opinions expressed here are my own.


Deirdre April 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

So colorful and vibrant! Looks like a great zoo!

Megan April 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Im so jealous of that shot with the orange dotted one. Beautiful pics!

Goa trip April 7, 2012 at 1:23 am

What a beautiful point to discuss when i was touched a butterfly on very first time in my childhood that time i was felt i caught some butter in my hand.

Poppy April 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

Sounds better than Disneyland to me!

San Diego Momma April 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

We love Butterfly Jungle! Gorge pics. Dig that poem, too.

Suzanne April 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I was just out shooting pictures of the Texas wildflowers along 1431 (Round Rock) and saw hundreds of butterflies flitting about. Not one of those pictures turned out very well. I guess they weren’t drunk with nectar (yet!) because they were too fast for me and I couldn’t get a good shot when they stopped for a nanosecond. I guess that is my way of saying I am jealous of your butterfly pictures – they are beautiful.

But admit it, you have to be missing the wildflowers of Central Texas. They are absolutely incredible this year!

Missy @ Wonder, Friend April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

We just went to the butterfly garden in Houston a few weeks ago… so gorgeous. I loved watching the kids watch the butterflies!

Great poem – thanks for sharing. Wish I knew Anonymous so I could thank them. šŸ˜‰

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