The Monarch Butterfly Project, spearheaded by David Martinez and Nick Philipp in the Zoo’s Education Department, aims to promote a sustainable cooperation with local species of flora and fauna, using Monarch Butterflies as a flagship species to engage and inspire visitors to simple and obtainable conservation actions.
Threats to the Monarch Butterfly have garnered international attention throughout North America. In May 2015, the Obama Administration established a ‘Pollinator Health Task Force’ to develop a national strategy to promote the health of pollinators like the Monarch.
Through this opportunity a Monarch Waystation at the Kansas City Zoo has been reformed, improving its stability and defining clear boundaries for its use. Expansion of the surrounding area has allowed for additional planting and landscaping elements as well as a series of informational signs on Monarch Butterflies, pollinators and their importance.