We have now been open now for 4 1/2 weeks and I'm happy to report that we are getting great feedback on both the butterfly house and the cafe, which is very gratifying. It is a joy working among beautiful butterflies everyday and being able to share them with the world at large. Yesterday, we were interviewed by Playacommunity newspaper for an upcoming article and The Visitor has said that they want to also publish an article on Butterfly Haven which will be distributed nation-wide.
We are receiving approximately 25 visitors per day-not nearly enough cover expenses but the numbers are growing as we market the business. Speaking of which, we are already ranked #7 on TripAdvisor for attractions in El Valle. Here is a link complete with some pictures: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g635545-d6351598-Reviews-Butterfly_Haven-El_Valle_de_Anton_Cocle_Province.html
Yesterday we were visited by representatives from 2 tour companies and we have visits from 2 school groups scheduled for the next several weeks. As a side note, I have been trying for months to purchase pupas of a prolific species(Gulf Fritillary) from Costa Rica. But this week, Steph our lab volunteer found their larva on some of our host plants! The Gulf Fritillaries would be produced as butterflies to be released at weddings and would be a supplemental side business.
Here are pics of the cafe:
And here are a few pics from the butterfly facility:
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