The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure in Branson, Missouri announced big plans for increasing conservation efforts for butterflies in 2017, including a major land purchase in Costa Rica.
“We are committing $90,000 over this next year to help save butterflies and the rainforests they call home,” said Butterfly Palace owner, Bruce Herschend, in a press release.
The money will go towards focused efforts to increase the population of exotic butterflies from their breeding all the way to careful, controlled presentation in Branson, said Herschend.
The butterfly attraction industry was created to help save the rainforest and preserve the butterflies, as rainforest lands are being destroyed daily by logging and deforestation, said the attraction’s owner.
Butterflies at The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure come from butterfly farms in countries around the globe, from Costa Rica to Australia. These nonprofit farms receive funding from the export of butterfly pupae and focus their work on conservation, research, and education.
This year’s pledged funds will make it possible to purchase another 200 pupae each month meaning the Branson attraction will be able to provide even more butterflies for visitors, and farms in Costa Rica and other sites will earn more for conservation, preservation, and sustainability.
El Bosque Nuevo butterfly farm in Costa Rica has set a goal of purchasing 10,000 hectares, or nearly 25,000 acres, of rainforest land to create a preserve. That’s an admirable goal, says Herschend, as currently they have but 285 hectares (1 hectare is approx. 2-and-a-half acres).
In the small town of Santa Cecilia, in northern Costa Rica, El Bosque Nuevo has established a unique farm and research area of 285 hectares, where half of the land has been protected and the remaining has been reforested.
The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure in Branson features a rainforest area with close to 2,000 species of butterflies that flit among towering palms, a waterfall, orchids and other tropical plants. There is also an Interactive Science Center with more than three dozen other rainforest animals, a Banyan Tree Adventure, and more.
For more information, visit www.thebutterflypalace.com.