Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is the first butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol. Its main goal is to protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies through plant research, breeding and releasing.

Aiming to raise the butterfly population in Bohol, the Center also seeks ways and means to bring money into the local economy using butterflies and butterfly by-products. Local town folks have been taught how to breed butterflies and at present, a community of paid breeders has been formed.

Likewise, the Center is into the study, research, and preservation of host plants which are dwindling due to illegal poaching and deforestation. The breeding of common butterflies for export plus their by-products help to fund host-plant research, development and the breeding of rare butterflies.

Only hand bred sources, not those captured from the wild, are used by the center to protect the butterfly population. A large number of hand bred butterflies are also released into the wild from time to time thus increasing local population. Only the surplus from these hand bred butterflies are used for making by-products for both the local and foreign markets.

Location

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is situated in Bilar, Bohol, Philippines. Bilar is an interior town located 41 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, the lone city of Bohol. The Center is 1 kilometer from the Bilar market and 5 minutes away from the Mahogany Man-Made Forest.

Along the highway going to Carmen town, about 5 minutes from the man-made forest, you will find colored flags on your right-hand side with an “Open” sign. Walk or drive on in about 50 meters and you will arrive at the entrance to the Center which is behind the car park.

Saint Jude buses, available at the Dao Integrated Terminal in Tagbilaran City, ply the route to Bilar and onwards to Talibon. Ride the bus bound for Talibon and tell the driver to drop you off at Simply Butterflies and they will do so gladly. For a more guided tour, you can hire a van at the Terminal. Two towns after Bilar are the famed Chocolate Hills.

Facilities and Services

Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden is an open landscaped garden planted with flowering plants that attract the butterflies to feed on them. Over sixty (60) species of local butterflies visit the garden naturally. The place is full of butterflies. Seats are provided wherein you can relax and watch the lovely creatures as they flutter about. Pathways are also available if you want to stroll around the garden.

Butterfly Enclosure

The Butterfly Enclosure is an area covered with nets. Inside the net enclosure you will find a waterfall, other water sources, and shade plants where the butterflies rest. A sunny area is full of flowering plants where the butterflies feed. More than twenty (20) species of local butterflies live, feed, play and breed here. Caterpillar feeding displays and information are available in the area.

Nature Trail

The Nature Trail is situated on a small hill covered with trees and other tropical plants. This is an ideal site for eco-lovers. The cool shade of the overhanging trees that cover the winding trail and the different species of fauna and flora around tempts one to explore the area. Here you will find butterflies, birds, insects and other small wildlife.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is a roofed building with open sides that lets the fresh air in. It displays butterfly and insect collections. Exhibitions are held in the Center and these are changed periodically. The center also houses the restaurant.

Restaurant

The Restaurant is housed under the roof of the Visitor Center. Full meals and light snacks are served in this open-sided yet covered pavilion which overlooks the garden.

Barbeque Stand

The Barbeque Stand is located at the main garden. Food and refreshments are also available here. The atmosphere is cool and fresh among the various flowering plants and local fauna. Short menu is BBQ, hamburgers, sandwiches and rice dishes. Try their BBQ Buko, which is unique to the place and very delicious!

Pagoda

A small pagoda is provided in the open garden where one can relax under shade and watch the butterflies flutter by.

Gift Shoppe

A gift shoppe is provided where one can avail of butterflies and butterfly by-products. Dry papered butterflies and live pupae from A-1 hand bred butterfly specimens are exported. By products, such as key chains and other art pieces, are all hand produced by the local village folks. These products are made from wings of butterflies that have lived out their life inside the public viewing enclosure of the Center.

Comfort Rooms

Comfort Rooms (Rest Rooms) are provided and are kept clean by the Center’s personnel. Cool fresh running water is available.

Car Park

The Car Park is wide and spacious. Vehicles can easily maneuver in and out of the Center.

Other Facilities

For the butterflies, there is a feeding area, a plant farm, a breeding center and a product workshop.

Live Butterfly Releases

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center accepts orders for live butterflies. These are unique and magical gifts that gives a touch of elegance to any occasion. One can choose from many butterfly releasing containers. Price depends upon the number of butterflies and their sizes.

Butterfly Products

For sale and export, the Center offers butterfly products such as dry papered butterflies and live pupae taken from the hand-bred stock of A-1 butterfly specimens.

Butterfly By-Products

To sustain Simply Butterflies Conservation Project the Center created a line of butterfly by-products. These art pieces are all hand produced by local village folks and made from the wings of the butterflies that have outlived their time inside the public viewing butterfly enclosures. Products range from framed butterflies, butterfly wing mosaics, and key chains.

See Also:

Butterfly Sanctuaries

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