Tasek Merimbun butterfly park seeks more visitors

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TASEK Merimbun's one-month-old Taman Kulimambang (Butterfly Garden) is looking to attract more visitors as its butterflies continue to breed and the increasing number of species are currently housed in the contained garden.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Museums Department officer, Abd Hady Shamsuddin, said they have already received more than 1,000 visitors in the past month since its official opening and are expecting more in the future.

This was in line with Museums Director Bantong Antaran's future plans as mentioned during the Butterfly Garden's official opening, where he said, "The department will be making more scientific observations on the insects as it continues to grow and become sustainable in the long run."

The recorded number of visitors consisted of mostly scheduled visits by school teachers and students, as well as spontaneous visits by tourists who were recommended to observe the garden.

Since its opening, Abdul Hady said 40 species have been released into the garden and since then, four new species have emerged with the help of the plantations.

He said the plants chosen to be placed in the garden are just as important as the butterflies, as different butterfly species feed on specific types of plants.

The new butterfly breeds are hoped to further populate the garden in the near future, which would consequently attract more visitors to come to Tasek Merimbun.

The construction of the Tasek Merimbun Butterfly Garden was completed on February 7 and was officially opened to the public on July 3 by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

The minister released the first batch of butterflies into the garden during the opening ceremony.

The garden measures at 14 by 14 metres with a height of eight metres, with an estimate of $8,000 spent on its construction.

The Brunei Times