The Belize Butterfly House
Located in the Cayo district, between limestone hills
covered with lush vegetation you will find "Green
Hills", the Belize Butterfly Ranch.
butterflies, fly freely in a
3,300 sq. ft., beautifully landscaped flight
area: The largest live butterfly display in Belize.
Several native butterfly species are being reared at Green
Hills. With the magnifficent Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) being the star of the show.
Green Hills has a small gift shop and Guests are welcome
to use our covered picnic
spot furnished with tables and seats.
|The Research Facilities
Green Hills is research orientated. The main flight
area makes it possible to study interactions between
different butterfly species. A checklist to the butterflies
of Belize was produced here. In addition,
there is ongoing research in other known in Belize for
their environmental and ecological studies. Much attention
is also devoted to conservation activities.
One species new to science that was discovered at Green Hills
meermani It is a medium sized tarantula spider. So far, this species is known only from the northern edge of the Maya Mountains
More research is always in progress. You can check out Biodiversity related projects by Jan Meerman at: http://biological-diversity.info/projects.htm for species information and publications.
Green Hills is renowned for its Bird Diversity. Over the past decade, no less than 316 bird species have been recorded on our 100 acres! Hummingbirds visiting the feeders near the caterpillar building of course take center stage. And for the last few years an alternative Christmas Birdcount is being carried out under very strict conditions. On average 70-90 species of birds are annually being recorded this way. An amazingly large number! Green Hills is a recognized eBird hotspot. Visit the special Green Hills Birding page.
Private Conservation Management Area
Green Hills is member of the Belize Association of Private Protected Areas and manages 100 acres under a private conservation management plan. Learn more.
The butterflies are best visited early in the morning. Pupae emerge early and butterflies tend to sun themselves only in the morning, providing better opportunities for picture taking. For this reason, the butterfly house is open daily from 8 AM - 1 PM. Last
tour of the day starts at 12 PM. Closed on Sundays and on public holidays (in 2016 this includes the Christmas holidays 26&27 December and the New-Years holiday January 2nd).
Entrance fee for private guided
tour is: B$ 25.00 (US$ 12.50) per person (minimum 2 adults). Children under 10 years, in the company of 2 paying adults: B$ 10 (US$ 5.00). Group rate for 4 or more people: B$ 20.00 (US$ 10.00) per person. Special rates for larger groups are available on request. Groups over
10 people, please make reservations..
On special request only we can provide customized evening tours for your guests. This evening tour highlights the Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon) which is most active just before sunset.
can contact us at meerman(at)biological-diversity.info
- (501) 834-4017
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