NEW DELHI: Delhi zoo will soon see a new butterfly park, with school children carrying out the first plantations in it. The flowers and shrubs will be planted in the shape of a huge butterfly which will see over 22 different species of flowers used, zoo officials said.
The butterfly park is part of the zoo's master-plan 2031 and will get a dedicated area of 1.5 acres for it. The park will also have a separate caterpillar house that will prevent the caterpillars and larva from being eaten by migratory birds.
Officials said the butterfly park will be an open-area space near the lion enclosure where visitors can interact with butterflies and click photographs. Sign-boards will be put up informing visitors about the various flower and butterfly species present.
"The butterfly park is part of the zoo master-plan and this is just the beginning. This park will be extended later and will have more components added to it based on the kind of species that start coming in," Renu Singh, Delhi zoo director told TOI.
According to Singh, schoolchildren will be invited to carry out the first plantations after which work can begin in designing a large butterfly made from flowers and shrubs. "One can expect butterflies to start coming in within the next three months. By February end, the park will be complete. The caterpillars will be shifted into a 20 x 10 feet caterpillar house on the same site and will have different layers and trays," added the official.
Times of India, Aug 30, 2017