Opened in 1996 and located in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is a famous tourist attraction. It is 10 minutes north of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada.
It has over 2000 exotic butterflies of the world in a tropical rain forest environment. One can identify the various species while walking along the 180 meters pathway. Some species in the conservatory include Gulf Fritillary, the Banded Orange butterfly, Monarch, as well as the Blue Morpho, Owl, Julia, Low’s Swallowtail, Mosaic, Small Postman, Common Mormon, and Red Lacewing. The conservatory has sufficient butterfly food plants such as Zinnia, Cuphea, Ixora, Lantana, Pentas, and Liatris. The plants are replaced regularly to ensure adequate food supply. Because captive butterflies have an approximate life span of 2 to 4 weeks, butterfly zoo imports up to 3, 000 butterflies in a month from farms in Australia, Costa Rica, Philipines, and El Salvador.
Guests visiting the conservatory normally walk on a path alongside exotic plants and rainforest setting. They can also enjoy views from the emergence window by watching butterflies leaving their pupae and flying for the first time. Guests are advised to wear bright colors when walking through the conservatory if they want special attention from the butterflies. Bright colors attract butterflies, and they will quickly land on guests wearing any bright color. The butterfly zoo has a capacity of 300 visitors per hour. The conservatory which has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the number three attraction in Niagara Falls takes visitors through an informative short video presentation that is close captioned for the hearing impaired. However, the tour of the conservatory is a self-guided walking tour.