Rainforest Wonders In the Desert:


ButterflyState-of-the-art Butterfly Pavilion opens

 By Jess Moran ~ Brightly colored, living treasures of the Amazon will come to life in Scottsdale this month at the new Butterfly Wonderland. It will become America’s largest indoor butterfly pavilion – the first phase of Odysea in the Desert, a 35-acre, $170 million entertainment complex in development at the northeastern corner of the Pima Freeway and Via De Ventura.

“The Amazon River Basin is home to several thousand species of butterflies and moths,” says Dayna Cooper, general curator of Butterfly Wonderland. Most people may never have the opportunity to visit the Amazon Rainforest, so we are bringing it to America.”

Cooper says the venue provides the perfect opportunity to leave the desert and step into ‘one of the oldest, largest, most breathtakingly beautiful and diverse ecosystems on our planet.’

Artist rendition of the new Butterfly Wonderland opening this month in Scottsdale, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.

Artist rendition of the new Butterfly Wonderland opening this month in Scottsdale, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.

After viewing a 3D video depicting the lives of the delicate insects, visitors will be ushered into the Emergence Gallery where they can witness the butterfly’s stages of transformation. The real draw is the 10,000-square-foot glass atrium where a hundred different species of butterflies will freely live amidst Koi ponds, waterfalls and other aesthetic pleasures.

Butterfly Wonderland is expected to open May 25 and will also feature an Amazon aquarium with piranhas, eels and interactive touch-tanks, as well as a Honeybee Extravaganza and Live Ant Colony.

“Our facility is more than a museum; it is a living, sensory experience,” adds Cooper.

For information, visit http://www.butterflywonderland.com or Facebook/butterflywonderland to stay up-to-date.  |CST

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