RAINFOREST CONSERVATION

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure - Branson, MO 65616

Rainforest Conservation

Rainforest Conservation

Butterfly farming is pertinent to a sustainable rainforest economy. It has grown into an industry that brings income to local families and provides an alternative to logging and other things that destroy the rainforest. Many of the farms have extensive research and education programs, they allow people to travel from all over the world for education and study. Some of them are open to the public and fit into the realm of ecotourism and others are closed to the public but carry the same passion and dedication to educating.

The Butterfly Palace imports its butterflies from all over the world. We have listed each farm that our butterflies may come from and a few facts about them. They each have a different story however, share the same purpose. By visiting The Butterfly Palace our guests are helping us purchase more pupae from these farms and therefore, help save their rainforest.
LPS LLC- Distributer which buys from all farms below (www.lpsimports.com )
El Bosque Nuevo- Costa Rica (www.elbosquenuevo.com )
Entopia- Malaysia butterfly farm (www.entopia.com )

JLM Butterfly- Philippines
Ma. Corona, Philippines
Silke Weyland, Australia
Tropical Insects Enterprises (TIE)- Philippines

Flors Farm- Philippines 
In 1963 local leaders were selling their land in return for jeeps or cash to feed their families. The Gozon family purchased 180 hectares and split it between their four children. Derived from her parent’s purchase one of the daughters opened Flors Garden.
The farm focuses on organic farming and teaching others in their community as well as students who travel there to learn. No chemicals or pesticides are used in the farm and it is their passion and mission to educate others through their facility.

Alas de Colombia, Colombia 
The mission of the farm is to work through butterfly farming in Colombia to preserve nature, generate income to rural communities and show the world a new face of their country.
In 2001 they began to breed butterflies for a new alternative for sustainable development. They specialize in rearing around 40 species of butterflies from 6 butterfly houses, labs, nurseries and crops of host plants. The farm is not open to the public. 
They return 10% of the butterflies they breed back to the wild to promote conservation and population growth.

CRES- Costa Rica Entomological Supply
Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity and efforts in conservation. With over ¼ of the country already protected by national parks, butterfly farming seemed like the perfect advantage for the country to create a sustainable economy was the thought of many. It could be approached by anyone of limited education and little up-front costs says one butterfly farmer.
Founded in 1984 by Joris Brincherhoff who was a former peace core office and his wife, Maria. You can read the story of Joris and Maria and how they took their income from $1200 to $6000 which is what successful butterfly production at the time was offering. Find more on their story on the CRES website at www.butterflyfarm.co.cr
CRES is now a successful butterfly breeder and supplier who also work closely with small farmers located around Costa Rica.

Heliconius Butterfly Works – Ecuador  
Heliconius Butterfly Works gets their name from specializing in specifically breeding Heliconius species. They employ 10 families at their farm. This is just one more example of how butterfly farming provides an economy that is not driven by logging. 
They work with local families to make conservation an economically attractive alternative and they are dedicated to conservation of Ecuador’s forests as they explain on their website.
The owner of Heliconius Butterfly Works has a background in conservation and rural development, he began working as a consultant. This farm is not a public facility. Their purpose is breeding butterflies and supplying them to facilities like The Butterfly Palace!
The Ecuadorian government is moving more towards ecotourism each year, find out more information at www.heliconiusworks.com

Bioproductores- El Salvador    
The Bioproductores butterfly farm was started in 1989 by Miguel Serrano who was an amateur lepidopterist and pioneer in the study of Salvadorian butterflies along with his brother Francisco. Together, Miguel’s knowledge of butterflies and Francisco’s Harvard education as an economist they would quickly be able to get on the map in the butterfly farm industry.
The brothers had hopes of not only starting a butterfly farm, but to start a refuge called El Refugio 
(“The Refuge”) which has now become the most intensively protected natural area in El Salvador, find out more at www.butterfliesofelsalvador.com
The main objective of the farm is to achieve sustainable closed-cycle production systems supported by natural or established populations in the reserve area. They produce over 50 species of butterflies at the farm.
The farm employs 16 full time local works and about 10 part-time. Offering year around jobs with vacations and benefits which is essentially unheard of in their country in this field of work. Not even the best coffee farmers would earn such an income. 

MIDA butterfly farm, Kenya 
MIDA Butterfly Farm began in 1990. They currently export over 60,000 pupae per year and approximately 50 different species.
Like many other butterfly farms, they have trained numerous locals to breed various species of butterflies and moths and then they are sent to their central facility in Watamu, Kenya twice per week for further sorting. These species are then breed in large flight areas and then exported to clients in the US and Europe.
“The local communities benefit financially from farming pupae, which provides a powerful incentive for their protecting the local forest enclaves from unsustainable practices such as logging and charcoal production, as these areas support reserves of new breeding stock when required.” 

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