Victoria’s tropical jungle

December 10th, 2013 by Martin Vernon

When you enter Butterfly Gardens in Victoria you enter a tropical jungle. The first sensation is the humid heat, most welcome in the winter months.

You will pass Butterfly Gardens en route to the Butchart Gardens so plan for Butterfly Gardens Flamingoesa delightful and interesting hour’s stop on the way.

What will you see?

  • 75 species of butterflies fluttering everywhere
  • Look for the remarkable Atlas Moth
  • Birds, from large flamingoes to tiny quail
  • Koi in the central pond
  • Tortoises and chameleons
  • Geckos and frogs
  • Thousands of plants
  • 200 orchids

The jungle seems so natural since there are no cages, every creature is free to pursue its inclinations. Some of the 3,000 butterflies may land on your hand and look out for a bird which might try to peck at your shoelaces. As you walk through this lush world look among the tropical trees and plants for papaya, pineapple, banana and even coffee. Birds are hiding among them, heard more than seen.

I am always fascinated by the Atlas Moth. Firstly for its large size and secondly in pity since it spends up to five years in its cocoon and then lives in our big world for just three to five days.

The gardens re-opened this month after having a new roof installed to reduce heat loss reflecting their positive environmental attitude. The excellent Butterfly Gardens website is informative about all aspects of this jungle and includes a downloadable reference chart with tour map.

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