Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Mangalore: In an attempt to preserve the endangered species of the winged beauties as well as the bio-diversity of the region, a private butterfly park has been opened at Beluvai in Karnataka on Sunday. The park is the state’s first and India’s second privately-owned and is built by Sammilan Shetty, a hospital management lecturer.
The park was inaugurated by Isaac Kehimkar, General Manager (programmes), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). He also launched the official website of the park www.butterflyparkbelvai.com at the event.
“Butterflies are just an excuse, and the park actually spreads love for nature. This will go a long way in the conservation of butterflies and Western Ghats species,” said Mr. Kehimkar.
Sammilan’s butterfly park has been built on approximately 7.35 acres of land owned by him at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh. He has been planting various host plants of butterflies since 2011 to attract the colourful winged insects. It has been said that there are as many as 113 different species of butterflies in the park at present.
“The coastal districts have been witnessing several agitations against development projects that harm the environment. In such a scenario, it is a welcome effort on the part of Sammilan,” said Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, who was also present at the event.
The park, which is located at Kanthavara forest, will be opened for public only on Sundays between 8.30am to 12.30pm.
While Samkilan’s park is the second private butterfly park in the country, the first one is situated in Mumbai.