Dakota Skipper Conservation

Working together to save the threatened Dakota Skipper.

Conservation Collaboration

The Butterfly House & Aquarium was invited by the Great Plains Zoo and the Minnesota Zoo to participate in the Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program to help save a declining species of butterfly native to the prairie lands found in the Upper Midwest. The Dakota Skipper is a small but mighty pollinator whose population has majorly decreased in recent years due to habitat loss.

This is a conservation project that focuses on an important, local species of pollinator. Pollinators are vital to the world. A pollinator is responsible for bringing us about 1 out of every 3 bites of food, along with maintaining ecosystems and habitats for many animals (including humans) all over the world.

Our Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is home to over 800 tropical butterflies from all around the world.

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