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Catching Butterflies at OKC Zoo


The Oklahoma City Zoo is taking part in Education and Conservation as a fun family activity.

KOSU's Crystal Huffman shares their seasonal focus.

Children with nets scamper down a winding garden path, peeking through the bright flowers for a flutter of activity.

Each fall, Monarch Butterflies migrate south twenty five hundred miles to the mountains of Mexico.

Horticulture Technician, Joshua Prince says The Oklahoma City Zoo is helping Kansas University's tag and track program.

“We catch them one by one. We figure out if they’re a male or a female. All the ones we catch here are wild caught. We don’t farm raise any of them. So, we always put wild caught. Where we tagged them as far as the Oklahoma City Zoo.”

After a small sticker is placed on the wing, the travelers are released as quickly as possible.

You can register any tagged Monarch butterflies found in your neighborhood at monarchwatch.org.

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