The Butterfly Palace, Branson, Missouri

Jacquie Kubin visits The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri where over twenty different species of white butterflies take holiday flight. Photo: Jacquie Kubin

BRANSON, MO – The Butterfly Palace in  Branson, Missouri impacts a much broader scope of people than just those that visit this America’s heartland town.

“The Butterfly Palace, when purchasing the chrysalis from the farmer in the rainforest, helps to save the rainforest,” said Sarah Boland, general manger Butterfly Palace. “A portion of every dollar we spend purchasing our butterflies goes toward conservation of that habitat.”

Ms. Boland also told us of the El Bosque Nuevo  (EBN) in Costa Rica where a previously thought extinct butterfly, the Panacea procilla, was rediscovered on preserved EBN land, bringing it back to a healthy population.

White Butterfly, The Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO / Jacquie Kubin

White Butterfly, The Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO / Jacquie Kubin

The Butterfly Palace in Branson has a real dedication to providing not only an opportunity to experience the beauty of Rainforest Butterfly’s in flight, but also a variety of creatures and critters that hearken from the Amazon. Their work in Branson, as well as the many other butterfly houses around the world, makes a defined global difference.

Through their efforts, the preserved butterfly habitats not only support thousands of butterflies, but are also home to howler and squirrel monkeys, kinkajous, lizards, tropical birds and other rainforest denizens.

The rainforest farms also provide stable jobs for the people who raise the insects.

The tropical butterflies on display are from all over the world - Asia, Australia, Africa, Costa Rica, Malaysia and the Philippines. With the Christmas holiday nearing, The Butterfly Palace attraction is featuring more than a thousand white butterflies, crossing over twenty or more different species fluttering through an environment adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, seasonal music and bright holiday flowers, including a regal poinsettia tree.

Honeycreeper, The Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO / Jacquie Kubin

Honeycreeper, The Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO / Jacquie Kubin

Adding a layer of holiday beauty are the living angel statues, performers able to amaze through quiet beauty and joyful peace, and that come alive to the delight of visitors young and old.

After time spent in the butterfly aviary, where the button quail and honey creeper birds can also be found, visitors can visit the Incredible Insect Zoo, a place where children can get up close and personal with Harry, the Blue Tongued Skink, emperor scorpions, a variety of geckos, poison dart and red-eyed tree frogs, the basilisk and more.

Two very cool interactive areas allow children to take hold of educational technology. One feature is a magnifying glass that provides a big-screen view of prepared specimens. The other, a virtual frog dissection program that allows children to peak inside of the amphibians they are enjoying.

Before leaving check out the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze. This “house or mirrors” attraction has a rainforest theme and is a lot of fun to traverse!

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The Butterfly Palace
4106 W. Hwy. 76 Branson, MO 65616
417-232-2231

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Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award winning journalist that began writing in 1993 following a successful career in marketing and advertising in Chicago.  She started Communities Digital News in 2009 as a way to adapt to the changing online journalism marketing place.  Jacquie is President and Managing Editor of Communities Digital News, LLC and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times Communities as well as a member of the National Association of Professional Woman, New American Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalist.  Email Jacquie here

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