Monday, April 09, 2007

Butterfly Park

Anna and Shash's cousin Ayan had come from UK on his `half yearly' visit to Bangalore. Shash had told him that I often visit forests and he wanted to visit one forest. Since I could not take him to forest, R said atleast we could take him to Butterfly park and Lion Safari at Bannerghatta National Park. Even I wanted to visit Butterfly Park as my Chandru was involved in that Project.

This Butterfly Park which is first in the Country was inaugurated on Saturday November 25, 2006 by Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal.

The Butterfly Park is spread across 7.5 acres of land. It comprises a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq.ft. circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support over 20 species of butterflies. The environment has a tropical setting — complete with the humid climate, an artificial waterfall and host plants and shrubs that attract butterflies. The conservatory leads into the second and third domes, which have a museum that will have dioramas and exhibits....

The collaborative agencies are the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment.

Ayan at Butterfly Park

Shash took these nice photos

The dome

Watching Butterflies

Butterfly museum
The mission of the Butterfly Park is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world. India hosts 9.5 percent, that it around 1500 of the 17,000 butterfly species in the world.

Later we went to Zoological Park and for Safari, where we saw majestic white tiger, lions relaxing in the open.

We were bid farewell by the beautiful dance of the white peafowl!

1 comment:

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