Z Is for Animals

Many large cities have zoos of some sort. Big ones, little ones, whatever. Often, they’re the usual sort with critters in some kind of enclosure, grouped either by nationality, ecology, or animal kingdom. That’s why Z is for Animals.

One particularly nifty zoo is a butterfly garden in Ames, IA. I’ve been to Reiman Gardens a few times while visiting my northern family. The butterfly garden is located on the grounds of Iowa State University. It’s a combination botanical center and butterfly garden, complete with a walk-through “aviary” for butterflies.

(c) 2010 Riccardo Cuppini // Retrieved from Flickr Creative Commons and used unchanged

(c) 2010 Riccardo Cuppini // Retrieved from Flickr Creative Commons and used unchanged

Walking through the enclosure doesn’t take long at all, but there are places where you can stop and observe the dozens of different species fluttering around the various plants or landing on fruit slices left around the place.

On the way out, they check your bags, jacket, hair … anywhere a butterfly might hide. Best to keep the wee critters in the enclosure.

This specialized zoo has more than just adult butterflies. There are places where you can check out caterpillar and chrysalis stages, too. Those are important for the life of a flutterbye just as much as the adult versions.

If you ever find yourselves near Ames, IA, you oughta go check it out.

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