|April 30, 2009 - Due to popular demand, Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens returns to Knoxville
Zoo this spring. This living garden invites visitors to step inside a beautifully landscaped exhibit
filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies that flutter all around. You butter…fly back to one of
Knoxville Zoo’s most popular exhibits!
Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens features North
American butterflies that sip nectar from flowers,
perch in sunny locations and even land on visitors.
Butterflies are members of the insect order
Lepidoptera, which has the unique ability to
metamorphose from an ungainly caterpillar into a
graceful winged creature. Their intricately colored
wings are different from the wings of any other
insect, with tiny colored scales that create elaborate
Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens debuts Saturday, May 1, and is included with paid zoo admission. For
more information on Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens, visit Knoxville Zoo’s website at www.knoxville-zoo.org or call (865) 637-5331, extension 300. Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens is sponsored by
B97.5 FM, Knoxville News Sentinel, and WBIR-TV 10.
Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392A from Interstate 40 and is open every day except Christmas
Day. The zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is
committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and
education. Beginning May 25, the zoo is open everyday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission
and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For
more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or www.knoxville-zoo.org.