The Bali Butterfly Park is one of the popular attractions in Tabanan County and the only one in this archipelago. This park also makes a breeding of butterflies for scientific purposes and education in the future.
As the name implies, most of the land is covered by paranet in order the butterflies do not fly out of their collections and disappear. Various species of butterflies in Indonesia can be found here. Some of the well known butterflies include: butterfly of paradise (Ornithoptera paradisea), the atlas moth (Attacus atlas), Sulawesi butterfly (Papilio gigon), Sumatra butterfly (Atrophaneura nox), Stibociana coressia, Lexias aegle, Axchaeoattacus staud, Butterfly of Mt. Batukaru (Actias maenas), Morphonestira, Amathu siidae sp, and so on.
In addition to butterfly, the park also has a collection of other animals such as scorpions, tarantulas and tiger beetles in a small building on the right side of the flower garden. Similarly, it also has a collection of strange grasshopper in the shape of leaves and twigs of wood brought in from outside Bali.
“This place is very nice,” said Caroline Streaff, a tourist from Switzerland who visited the Bali Butterfly Park. Besides, she also added that she could see where the butterfly lived. She hoped that one day she could come again to visit the park. The butterfly park is more famous among foreign tourists than domestic tourists because in their home country they were hard to find out the butterflies like in Indonesia. “Most visitors coming here are foreign tourists, while local tourists only make a visit on certain holidays,” said Sri Wahyuni, one of the field staffs at the tourist attractions.
The park is managed by PT Kupu-kupu Taman Lestari. It spreads across the area of 1 hectare with netting area (closed area with paranet) on 3,700 m3. Each month the butterfly park releases at least 3,500 butterflies to its original habitat. Besides, the park also produces various kinds of handicraft made of a variety of insects such as: framed butterfly, framed beetle, key chain made from insects, bookmarks insertion, paperweight made of transparent fiber containing butterflies, paintings made of butterfly wings, etc.
Development of the Bali Butterfly Park has been planned since October 1993 after the implementation of International Butterfly Conference held on August 24-27, 1993 in Ujung Pandang (Makassar). Departed from the idea that biological resources in the form of butterfly were very abundant, it would be unfortunate if they went extinct. The park was then opened on December 17, 1996 by Mrs. Asiawati Oka, Chairman of the PKK of Bali Province.
The butterfly park is located on Jalan Batukaru, Sandan Lebah hamlet, Wanasari, exactly 6 km to the north of Tabanan. This park is open every day from 8:00 a.m. through at 5:00 p.m. and the last ticket is sold at 4:00 p.m. Supporting facilities available are parking area, art shop combined with cafeteria and restrooms. Biodiversity must be preserved from the extinction in order it remains stable. Therefore, when you come to Bali, make a visit to this Butterfly Park. (BTN/sak)