Simply Butterflies Conservation Center: Butterfly Sanctuary – Bohol

The Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is a nice place to drop by after visiting the Chocolate Hills. According to their website, there are about 300 species of butterflies found in Bohol and over half are found in their conservation center.

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center group of butterflies
Butterflies in Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

The butterfly is the most special insect among the many wonderful insects of this world. Several songs were composed with titles and lyrics related to it, it’s a favorite example in presentations with topics depicting transformation and how people can rise up to challenges as it does, and we’ll also find lots of pictures of it in stamps, trademarks, logos, etc. more than any other insect.

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center: Butterfly Sanctuary Welcome
A Tarsier mascot giving us a welcome

Exploring Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

The moment we arrived there, we were greeted by the butterfly’s predator—the insectivorous tarsier. It may sound ironic but like the shark in Finding Nemo, this tarsier is imploring you to help him save the butterflies.

Butterflies in Glass at Simply Butterflies Conservation Center: Butterfly Sanctuary
Butterflies in Glass

This is the biggest butterfly sanctuary we’ve seen so far. The area is large enough to have its own restaurant, souvenir shop, picnic area and even bungalows for those who want to stay overnight. Its wide garden makes it easy for the butterflies to roam freely and breed while its rich variety of flowers makes every day a nectar feast.

Butterfly Brown Pupas
Brown Pupas
Butterfly with Juliet
A closer look at a butterfly

Butterfly Sanctuary Activities

There’s a section in their exhibit where the guide placed a hairy caterpillar in my hand. I told him that it might cause rashes on my skin but I was assured that it’s safe. Perhaps it depends on the type because I remember getting rashes when one fell on me when I was a kid. We also saw some shiny golden cocoons. I’ve seen some brown and green cocoons but not a gold one yet. I thought those were dead cocoons painted metallic gold to serve as ornaments but I found out later that those were actually a different type of chrysalis. A chrysalis is a type of hard shell coating made by the butterfly so that its wings, legs, etc., are held immovably. The term was derived from the Greek word chrysós which means gold.

Butterfly Pupas at Simply Butterflies Conservation Center: Butterfly Sanctuary
Golden Chrysalides

Livelihood

What I like about this place is that, when you visit here, you’re not just having fun with butterflies and get educated but you’re also supporting the livelihood of the local residents who were trained for butterfly breeding. This makes sure that butterfly products exported from the island are made from sustainable hand bred sources.  The ones made from the wild can cause damage to the butterfly population.

Butterfly Sanctuary Bohol
Saying goodbye to the Simply Butterflies Conservation Center

 

Simply Butterflies Conservation Center Rates

Entrance fee:
P30.00 for adults
P5.00 for kids who are 6-10 yrs old
Free for kids 5 yrs old and below

They also have a picnic area with cottages where they charge P100.00 per cottage. They assign people in groups with corresponding tourist guides upon payment.

3 thoughts on “Simply Butterflies Conservation Center: Butterfly Sanctuary – Bohol”

  1. Good Afternoon Mam/Sir I would like to ask if you are selling dried butterfly especially papilio chickae.. I would be glad to hear your immediate response.. thanks

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  2. Hi Tezah,

    Good evening! I’m sorry ma’am but we’re just visitors of the place who just blogged about it and we don’t have an answer to your question. Please contact the conservation center directly using the numbers below.
    Phone: +63 38 411 2548
    Phone: +63 38 411 2507
    Their official website is http://boholconservation.com/

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