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About 5 minutes away from the Bilar Man Made Forest is the biggest butterfly sanctuary in Bohol - Simply Butterflies Conservation Center. This Center aims to protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies, through plant research, breeding and releasing. Today, it houses over 50% of the 300 butterfly species in Bohol and has become one of the famous tourist destinations in the said province.
For only P30 (P5 for kids below 10 yrs old; free for kids below 5 yrs old), one may enjoy an educational tour around the Center. (The Center is open daily from 8:00am to 4:30pm)
The guide leads visitors to a tour of the Center's orientation area, butterfly sanctuary and butterfly enclosure. Visitors get to acquaint themselves with the butterfly's life cycle and some even get a chance to hold the baby caterpillars. (I am not fond of insects or anything that crawls so obviously I didn't ask for the chance to hold the babies. I just opted to let our guide place the full-grown butterfly on my head :D) The butterfly garden is an open landscaped area. Our trusty guide informed us that the flowers in this garden were strategically planted to attract the kind of butterflies they breed. (Note: Each type of butterfly gets attracted only to a specific type of flower.) The butterfly enclosure, on the other hand, was built to protect the butterflies from different predators. I have read that this enclosure increases their survival rate by approximately 70%. Without the enclosure, their survival rate averages from only 1% to 3%.
|Me - pointing to a preserved Mariposa|
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Poblacion, Bilar, Bohol
site: Simply Butterflies
Note: Details on how to get there are posted on their website :)