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About Elmwood Park Zoo

We're a small zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania. We exhibit animals from North and South America, and are currently involved in conservation efforts for animals such as the fisher and the Chacoan peccary.

Butterflies & Blossoms Spring 2011

When you come to visit our Butterflies and Blossoms exhibit, one of the first things you’ll notice is that we don’t have every type of butterfly at every time of year. Different butterfly and moth species hatch during different seasons! … Continue reading

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Lepidoptera

Lepidoptera. The word doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but you can use it the next time you refer to any of the world’s many thousands of species of butterflies and moths. They are all lepidopterans. The word comes from … Continue reading

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The First Butterflies

Paleontologists – scientists who study fossils – believe that the first butterflies appeared on Earth between 40 and 50 million years ago during the Age of Mammals. Moths appeared much earlier – during the Age of Dinosaurs – perhaps as … Continue reading

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Why Butterflies are so Beautiful

According to Native American legend … One day the Great Spirit sat and watched as children played in the village.   They laughed and sang, but his heart was sad. He thought of the future, how the children would one … Continue reading

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