Visitors to Spring River Zoo can now learn about butterflies and get a firsthand look at the plants they enjoy. The zoo’s new Butterfly Garden makes its public debut Saturday (May 7), the first Saturday of the month, which means free zoo admission for Roswell residents.
The Butterfly Garden is open daily during the zoo’s regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 5 for zoo members, volunteers and sponsors, donors to the project and city representatives. (See photos)
Repurposing an old aviary that had been empty for years, the Butterfly Garden was created to allow zoo visitors to learn about the life stages of the butterfly, as well as get informed about what plants to put into their own gardens to attract butterflies and encourage propagation of butterfly species. The exhibit will be updated at times with different plants and various educational displays. The Butterfly Garden is designed to naturally attract a variety of butterflies, although occasional butterfly releases featuring native New Mexico species will be planned.
The Butterfly Garden was made possible by community donors. Local gardeners who wish to donate butterfly-friendly plants can contact the zoo at 575-624-6760. That number can also be used by anyone wanting to volunteer to tend the garden or educate visitors.