How is Laura's Butterfly Exhibit and the rest of the Lincoln Zoo funded? How is food for the animals purchased? How are new animals and butterflies purchased? Through donations!
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Butterfly Exhibits and Butterfly Houses purchase their butterflies from butterfly farmers. Wild butterflies are not collected from nature to fill the exhibits. In the wild, nasty diseases, predators, and parasitoids are ever-present, sickening and killing butterflies. Butterflies for butterfly exhibits, like the Lincoln Zoo, are raised at butterfly farms, often in laboratories to keep these elements away from their healthy butterflies.
If you're able, please consider supporting the Lincoln Zoo through a donation and visiting the zoo when you're in Nebraska!