The park has three main features, the Butterfly garden, Insect Museum and a collection of native orchids and pitcher plants. The insectarium is the first privately run insectariums in Sabah and has over 800 species of butterflies and 1800 species of beetles. Many of which are rare and endemic to Borneo while some have only been discovered in the
|The cool Crocker Range.|
Leaving the insectarium, one enters the enclosed butterfly garden. This garden has been planted with host plants for the butterflies to feed on and to lay their eggs and as such it is filled with colorful flowers. It is a bit easier to photograph the butterflies in here but it is still quite a challenge. A Captive breeding program for endangered butterflies which are endemic to Sabah is being carried out here jointly with the wildlife department of Sabah. Since its inception more than 15 species of butterflies have been successfully bred and released into the surrounding forest.
|Largest butterfly in the world.|
|Rare blue orchid - Cleisocentron Merrillianum.|
If you’re really interested in live insects, then arrangements can be made to visit at night for the insect show. A special white sheet illuminated with bright electric lights has been set up and when these lights are switched on, it draws hundreds of insects, bugs and moths from the surrounding dark forest. There are specially trained guides at the park and it’s a great way to spend half a day or so, learning about nature and enjoying the fresh clean mountain air.
Opens daily including Public holidays from 9.00am to 4.00pm
Entrance fees : Adults – RM30.00 ( Mycard holders =RM10.00 )
Children below 12 – RM15.00 ( Mycard Holders =RM5.00)
For more information visit : www.kipandipark.com
Text and photos by David