Rare butterflies get new home at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Zoo Safari Park animal care staff gently unpacked 130 butterfly pupae that were confiscated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials from a shipment sent to the United States Thursday.

The pupae, living butterfly cocoons, are an endangered species from Indonesia.

“The butterfly pupae are known by the common name, Birdwing, and they are a CITES 1 protected species,” said Michael Mace, curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We have been able to offer sanctuary to these rare insects and expect that they will live out their lives here at the Park.”

BUTTERFLIESAnimal care staff at the Park indicated that some of the pupae were damaged due to crowding and lack of protection in the shipment containers. They have carefully unpacked and positioned the survivors so that they have the opportunity to emerge from their cocoons as they would in the wild.