Melaka's popular attraction, the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary (MBRS), hasn't seen any income amidst the ongoing partial lockdown that began in March
The conservation centre's main source of revenue - the sale of tickets to domestic and foreign visitors - has vanished during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and forced the sanctuary to resort to desperate measures.
In addition to the reduction of laboratory staff, Bernama reported that the sanctuary management already had to dispose of more than 3,000 caterpillars of various butterfly species for cost-saving purposes.
"Some of the species have been breeding for more than 10 years, but have to be disposed of and not released because they are fully cultured in the laboratory which may have adverse effects on the surrounding environment if released," said MBRS wildlife executive Qurratu A'in Rohaminordin.
"This is necessary in view of the MCO, MBRS has lost its source of income, until reaching zero profit, and is also facing losses of up to RM300,000," she added.
Established in 1991, MBRS is a private zoological park that is responsible for the research and breeding of more than 100 species of butterflies and insects, as well as a variety of reptiles, in Malaysia.
The sanctuary usually breeds more than 200,000 butterflies annually.
In an attempt to keep their business afloat and some butterflies alive, the sanctuary is putting their butterfly pupae up for adoption to the general public
"Please help us as we go through this COVID-19 crisis together. We have made available our precious butterfly chrysalises for adoption. This is the only way we can ensure butterflies continue to fly," said the sanctuary on their website.
From what we've seen, it seems like a fun, little science project that's great for the kids at home.
You can buy a RM20 or RM50 Butterfly Pupa Adoption Set
Each RM20 adoption set (exclusive of RM10 shipping fee) comes with:
- A butterfly pupa,
- A glass jar.
While, each RM50 adoption set comes with:
- A butterfly pupa,
- A glass jar,
- A button badge,
-Two entrance tickets to MBRS, and
- Free delivery.
All sets come with a step-by-step guide on how to care for the pupa and if done right, you will be able to witness a butterfly emerge in three to 10 days and set them free!
They only deliver within West Malaysia.
Alternatively, you can adopt a reptile or an insect such as an alligator, snapping turtle, or even a tarantula!
But no, you can't bring them home.
Through their reptile and insect adoption program, the package will, instead, entitle you to an adoption certificate, acknowledgement on the MBRS website, as well as two entrance tickets to their sanctuary to visit once the MCO is over.
If you are interested in getting a butterfly pupa or adopting another animal, visit the MBRS website here.
For more information, you can also contact them via:
Phone: +06-232 0033
WhatsApp: +016-363 6537