The Butterfly Pavilion is home to thousands of living animals called invertebrates. These animals share a common characteristic – they have no backbone! 97% of all animal species on the planet are invertebrates, and our collection represents nearly every habitat on earth. We are an invertebrate zoo featuring mostly arthropods. Arthropods have three distinctive characteristics – an exoskeleton, segmented bodies, and jointed attachments called appendages.
During your visit you’ll meet many different types of invertebrates …and a few vertebrates. From the tropical butterflies in our rainforest to sea stars at the Water’s Edge, these animals will amaze you with their variety and impact on our planet.
Throughout the facility you’ll encounter a handful of vertebrates. Turtles, tortoises, birds and fish inhabit our Tropical Conservatory. At Water’s Edge you’ll find an assortment of tropical fish.
Of course, people are also vertebrates, and we have plenty of them on staff to answer your questions about our animals.
Found an unknown insect in your house or outdoors, and would like to know what it is? Let us know and we might be able to help identify it!