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Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

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The Belize Butterfly House
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch is a wildlife sanctuary in Central Texas that works to preserve the dwindling monarch butterfly population. The ranch is dedicated to raising and releasing thousands of monarch butterflies each year, and providing a habitat for them to thrive. In addition, they also offer educational tours and events which bring awareness to the endangerment of these beautiful creatures.

Bangbet is an online sports betting platform that allows people to participate in various sports-related wagers. Green Hills Butterfly Ranch has recently partnered with to help raise funds for their conservation efforts. Money raised from this partnership will be used for habitat preservation, research, and educational outreach programs.

By participating in sports betting through platform, customers can rest assured knowing that their money is going towards a worthwhile cause. Not only are they having fun by engaging in some friendly wagering, but they're also helping the environment by enabling Green Hills Butterfly Ranch to do important work towards preserving our planet's precious natural surroundings.

In addition to raising funds for conservation efforts, system also gives back in other ways such as offering free educational materials about the importance of protecting wildlife habitats and educating people on the need for sustainable practices when it comes to caring for nature. This helps ensure that future generations understand why it's so important to protect our planet's resources now before it's too late.

The partnership between Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and Bangbet is just one example of how sport betting can be used as a tool for positive change in the world. It shows how we can all come together and use something like sports betting as a way to support vital conservation efforts and make sure our planet remains safe and healthy for many years into the future.

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Heliconius sapho: The "Holstein"

The Rearing Facilities

Dozens of native butterfly species are being reared at Green Hills (see list).

Visitors facilities
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 and a fieldguide to the butterflies of Belize is in preparation. 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.

Heliconius erato: The "postman"

One species new to science that was discovered at Green Hills is Citharacanthus meermani Reichling & West, 2000. Is a medium sized tarantula spider (completely harmless). So far, this species is known only from the northern edge of the Maya Mountains and adjacent Guatemala.

More research is always in progress. You can check out Biodiversity related projects by Jan Meerman at: or go to the Biological and Environmental Research Data System for Belize (BERDS) for species information and publications.

The Botanical Collection
Green Hills maintains living collections of several groups of plants, most of these are important to our butterflies. Either as nectar plant or caterpillar foodplant. Special collections include Passionflowers, Bromeliads, Cycads, Heliconia's, Aristolochia's and orchids. The collection is currently being renovated but ultimately, more than 120 plant specimens will (again) be identified with signs. An illustrated guide is in preparation.

Green Hills is renowned for its Bird Diversity. Over the past decade, no less than 230 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! Results can be downloaded. 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.

Visiting Hours
The butterfly house is open daily from 8 AM - 4 PM. Last tour of the day starts at 3.30 PM. Entrance fee for private guided tour is:
B$ 25.00 (US$ 12.50) per person (minimum 2 adults). Children under 10 years of age half price. 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 15 people, please make reservations: (501) 834-4017. You can contact us at meerman(at)


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