Conservation and Sustainable Development
The butterflies that we see flying in the butterfly park are bred in their home countries by local people, usually farmers with low incomes. The plants needed to raise them are native species with no other commercial value, so their cultivation contributes to the conservation and reforestation of these habitats. This activity, as well as providing these people with a source of income that significantly improves their quality of life, also makes a valuable contribution to their environmental education by teaching them to understand, identify and preserve species of both plants and butterflies that belong to their environment.
On the other hand many species of animals and plants also benefit indirectly from this protection of the butterfly habitat.
Organisations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have included these projects in their conservation programs for countries with high biodiversity but with a high rate of deforestation. The economic benefits of this cooperation could serve as a model and play an important role in the transition towards sustainable use of the most diverse ecosystems on earth.
Economic Profit =Development = Education= Conservation
Currently there are butterfly farming projects in:
Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Australia.