Butterfly sanctuary celebrates Anniversary

The Metropolitan Mariposario site celebrated their one year of operation yesterday with the release of 60 butterflies (blue) ’Mopho Helenor’ witnessed by 10,000 visitors.

The sanctuary has 500 species that winter in Panama, fly over the site, along with 25 native species that are residents of the site. This makes it ideal space for scientific demonstrations and awareness of conversation of these fragile members of nature.

According to its co-founder, biologist Samuel Valdes the butterflies are fed by peasant families who are in charge of taking care of them during their first life cycles in Chiguiri Arriba, Penonome, north of Cocle.  Once the butterflies achieve maturity, they are transferred to the metropolitan garden.