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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Butterflies Are Back for the Summer at the Zoo
Zoo's Bloomin' Butterfly GardensMay 20, 2013 - Knoxville Zoo's popular Bloomin' Butterfly Gardens, a beautifully landscaped butterfly habitat featuring approximately 800 native butterflies, including Malachite, Monarch, Variegated Fritillaries, Gulf Fritillaries, a variety of Swallowtails, Zebra Longwings, Julia Longwings, Great Southern White, Cloudless Sulfers and Buckeyes, opened May 18.

With so many "flying flowers", Bloomin' Butterfly Gardens will be awash with color. Zoo visitors can watch these friendly residents as they sip nectar, perch in sunny locations and perhaps even hitch a ride on passing guests. The garden also features a pupae room that allows visitors to watch as clumsy caterpillars metamorphose into beautiful butterflies, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a brand-new butterfly emerging from their chrysalis. New this year is a sensory garden that invites visitors to smell, touch and see featured plants.

Bloomin' Butterfly Gardens is included with general zoo admission. For more information on Bloomin' Butterfly Gardens, visit Knoxville Zoo's Web site at knoxvillezoo.org or call 865-637-5331.

Knoxville ZooKnoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392A from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville 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. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Beginning May 20th, the zoo will be open daily 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
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