Pupae breeding room
Alongside the free flying butterflies in the exhibit, there is also a pupae holding room where visitors can see a vast array of beautiful pupae develop and butterflies eventually emerge.
This experience is quite breathtaking, as the colour and shapes are so diverse - ranging from a shimmering, gold pod right the way through to looking like a dried up leaf. The butterfly initially emerges with a big belly and little wings, but within 20 minutes it has transformed into a delicate creature.
The method in which ZSL sources pupae forms an important foundation for the project as a whole. All pupae come from sustainable sources that support several community based conservation projects. Projects, such as Kipepeo in Kenya, are improving the livelihoods of local butterfly farmers and in doing so are placing a tangible value on the local environment that supports such an industry.