Kuala Lumpur is one of the few places where the city fuses seamlessly with nature. Malaysia’s capital is a modern, progressive metropolis that shares its space with the dense tropical rainforests. It’s not surprising, then, to find a unique animal sanctuary right within this cosmopolitan setting on a Kuala Lumpur holiday.
Located in Jalan Cenderawasih, Butterfly Park explodes in a kaleidoscope of colors as 6,000 butterflies from 120 exotic species flutter around the “largest butterfly park in the world.” The park was designed to simulate a Malaysian forest, the butterflies’ natural habitat. There are more than 15,000 plants, a necessary component in the insects’ pollination process.
The park is both a feast for the eyes and an educational site. A stroll through the park allows visitors to learn about the mating habits and life cycle of butterflies. Demonstrators and instructors also provide information about these beautiful creatures. An insect museum and a nursery and breeding area are open to the public.
The park also offers extraordinary views of a tropical forest. A limestone path leads to a hydro-pond resting in the centre of the park. A gazebo sits nearby, the perfect setting for a photo shoot.
Local handicrafts and framed butterflies and beetles are available at the souvenir shop. To get to the park, take bus number 21C or 48C from Kotaraya. Bus numbers 18 and 21A from Chow Kit connects the garden to the city.
The Butterfly Park is open from 9 am to 6 pm.