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After 25 years, the favourite family destination Butterfly World is re-branding to Exotic Animal World.

“You move with the times or you get left on the station” says founder and owner of Butterfly World, Esther van der Westhuizen.

Worldwide flight restrictions due to Covid 19, make reliable importing of live butterfly pupae impossible, and the demand for a safe place for exotic animals previously kept as pets is on an unprecedented increase. So, with a new name and a new look, but with the same passion, this home to exotic animals will now be known as Exotic Animal World.

“That is exactly what you will find here, an unmatched variety of exotic mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world. All creatures are donated by owners, organisations, or the authorities, so our message remains appreciate, don’t keep,” Van der Westhuizen said.

This unique experience, the variety in the collection, and the fact that none of the animals have been bought to be displayed set the experience here at Exotic Animal World apart from the rest.

“With the new focus, we can use our resources and manpower to make our displays even more attractive and informative to visitors. As Exotic Animal World, we are more able to accommodate the great variety of discarded exotic pets that are in desperate need of a suitable habitat, appropriate diet and veterinary care.

“It is with great difficulty that we had to accept the fact that we will not be able to import butterfly pupae in the foreseeable future. Without regular and connecting flights, it is impossible to get the pupae to the tropical gardens before they hatch, but it is time to look up and look forward. We are shifting our focus to what is relevant and in doing so, we are playing an incredibly vital role. Exotic Animal World exists now to create space where animals, birds, and dozens of other creatures can live out their days in comfort and safety,” says Van der Westhuizen.

Butterfly World had been a household name for over two decades, and the butterflies entertained, delighted, and encouraged generations to appreciate nature’s beauty. “Exotic Animal World will continue to showcase the beauty and diversity of life to as many people of all ages as possible.” This small park with a big heart is ready for the next chapter as Exotic Animal World.

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