This is one of the more child-friendly attractions in Penang, even their website takes on a fun and informative tone that would appeal to youngsters. Another pioneer on the island, the Butterfly Farm which celebrated its silver anniversary in 2011 was established to serve two purposes; as a tourist attraction and a center for learning and conservation.
Although it is primarily a tourist attraction, the farm is known and respected internationally as a breeding centre and places a strong value on research, conservation and preservation.
Entry to the farm is inclusive of a guided tour which takes place at certain times of the day. Covering an expanse of almost two acres, the farm has a flying population of over 4,000 Malaysian butterflies from 120 different species, some of which are quite rare and endangered. It’s best to go in the mornings as the butterflies are more active then and your little ones can enjoy the thrill of standing in the midst of thousands of these fluttering creatures.
Amongst the star attractions are the Indian Leaf, Yellow Bird Wing and the local favourite Rajah Brook’s Bid which was first discovered in Borneo in 1885. Part of the educational approach includes an introduction to the life cycle of a butterfly, their habitat and all the elements of nature that creates the circle of life.
The tour or walk around the farm will take you past a large fish pond with over 70 fresh water fishes, individual displays of reptiles, snakes, ducks and free flying birds, a Hide & Seek garden with camouflaged insects, an Insect Museum and Gift Shop.