Simply Butterflies Conservation Center
Where are we? Simply Butterflies Conservation Center is next to a town named Bilar, on the island of Bohol, in the beautiful Philippines.
What do we do? Simply Butterflies is founded on butterfly conservation principles. To protect and strengthen the natural environment of the butterflies, through plant research, breeding and releasing.  Bohol, like much of the Philippines, has a great diversity of butterflies. But they have been becoming more rare each year. The center is helping to raise the butterfly population, and bring money into the local economy while doing so. We are the first to start a butterfly livelihood breeding and conservation program in Bohol.

How do we do it? Filipinos have long held the belief that butterflies injure and even kill people. We have adopted The International Union of Conservation (IUCN) idea called “Conservation Through Development”. With a financial incentive tightly linked to conservation and livelihood development opportunities; our sub breeder’s returns offer an incentive to work and help with the wildlife and environment as the survival of the butterfly population is closely tied to their income.

By educating the people and sharing knowledge of how to breed butterflies, the center has built a community of paid breeders in an area with serious lack of employment and income. These breeders work together with the center to ensure butterflies used at the center or the butterfly products that are exported from the island are made from sustainable hand bred sources, not captured from the wild causing damage to the butterfly population.

The center also increases the area's butterfly population by releasing a calculated large number of hand bred butterflies into the wild, only using the surplus for making products to sell.

Why we do it? In our area there is still so much to be learnt about the rare butterfly host plants.  If the catching of rare butterflies continues, without any studies into their host plants, the result of loss of species in the area through illegal poaching and deforestation is to be expected.

The breeding of common butterflies for export helps fund host plant research, development and the breeding of rare butterflies.

What's at the center? That's a question with a big answer...map


for visitors...

  • Hundreds of beautiful butterflies.
  • Butterfly garden.
  • Butterfly enclosure.
  • Nature trail.
  • Rest and snack area.
  • Restaurant.
  • Visitor center.
  • Gift shop.
  • Barbecue. With the famous BBQ Buko (barbecue coconut, very tasty and unique to the center so far).
  • Clean CR (rest rooms).

and for the butterflies there is also a feeding area, plant farm, breeding center and product workshop.

Take a virtual tour of the center to find out a lot more about the facility.
Even better, come and visit us. Then you can come face-to-face with hundreds of exotic beautiful butterflies fluttering around tropical foliage and flowers. Sit and relax, or take a stroll, with the butterflies. And all groups (no matter what size, one person or many) get at least one of our knowledgeable guides to interest and amuse them. This is how to get here.
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