Each year, tens of
thousands of monarch butterflies make their annual voyage from
northern breeding grounds to over-wintering sites, high in the
forests of México. As part of its ongoing butterfly conservation
work, the Zoo has bred more than 500 monarch butterflies for
release on this yearly migration. The monarchs are beginning to
emerge and will soon be ready for release.
Before being released,
each of the Zoo's monarchs receive a unique and painless tag to
identify each animal, allowing the Zoo to receive data if the
migratory animals are spotted on their 3,000+ mile journey
toward Michoacán, México. To date, nearly 40 tags have
been recovered and documented from our releases. Who knows, this
year it could be your butterfly!
Be a part of the monarchs’
journey by sponsoring the winged ambassadors, starting at just
$10. Visit toledozoo.org/monarch to sponsor a butterfly! This
incredible opportunity will flutter away on September 30,2018,
so fund a flying friend today.
Join the Zoo as they wish
the butterflies well on their journey from the Midwest to México
with public releases each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 2:30
p.m. in Nature’s Neighborhood now through September. *Zoo
admission rates apply. Releases may be affected by weather and
butterfly population numbers.
Take part in the Zoo's
conservation initiatives and help create a better natural world
for all creatures, from butterflies to brown bears.