Butterfly Farm, Cameron Highlands
We booked a day tour through TJ Travel. We wanted something that was half day, and this was the best looking tour company that offered that. After booking a tour we returned to Starbucks…. haha, YES, really!
Great coffee and frappuccinos, free wifi, comfy couches, and air-conditioner.
What’s not to love?!
This is the tour salesman at TJ tours. We purchased our day tour from him. He was very helpful and he didn’t seem like he was trying to rip us off. We met him at 1pm outside his booth. He walked to the street and was looking for the driver. After a minute or so we noticed that he hadn’t once closed his mouth. We thought it was odd, and then a couple more minutes went by. Still he hadn’t closed his mouth. He wasn’t talking, we were close enough to hear if he was. Did he have to do this to breathe? It seemed like his mouth was opened more than normal, or even comfortable. If there was a contest for keeping your mouth open, this guy would have shattered the competition! Justin and I were like 2 little kids laughing at an old man.
Then all of the sudden….
When the tour van arrived there were a number of people waiting with us. As the van pulled over, there was some pushing and shoving to see who could get in the van first. Justin and I opted for the front seats so that we could avoid any potential motion sickness that normally occurs in the back.
There was a lot of traffic and our driver seemed quite annoyed by this. We drove into an estate and through some winding roads. Suddenly the driver got out, and ran off carrying a package. It took us quite a bit of time to get back on the road again. It seems that he was annoyed with the traffic not because we were on a half day tour, but rather because he had business to do.
This Butterfly Farm is the second of two such neighborhood parks in Kea Famr, Brinchang. The park does not actually “farm” butterflies; by breeding and cultivating them, rather, they are restocked from wild populations on a regular basis.
The guide stayed close to Justin and I when we first entered the Farm.
He knew quite a lot about the butterflies.
The Rajah Brooke Butterfly makes up the bulk of butterflies seen in the farm’s garden area.
A butterfly pupa (chrysalis)
Wow, huge spider!! Eeekk!!
Ahhh… the guide placed a live scorpion on my hand. I froze!!
The lower portion of the Butterfly Farm is a separate zoological section where various local animals are exhibited in glass tanks.. Most of the local species available to view are reptiles such as snakes and lizards.
The garden section is where the butterflies are kept. These winged creatures only fly around when the conditions are warm, having originated from the lowlands. Rains and misty weather will cause them to cling lifelessly along the wire mesh walls and rocks.
It was interesting getting so close to these big butterflies.
They were quite tame.