EN­TOPIA

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Founded by David Goh in 1986, the Pe­nang But­ter­fly Farm was the world’s first trop­i­cal but­ter­fly and in­sect sanc­tu­ary. It wel­comed five mil­lion visi­tors over its ten­ure, re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards, and was one of the top tourist at­trac­tions in Pe­nang.

In 2015 the but­ter­fly farm was re­branded as a com­pre­hen­sive na­ture sanc­tu­ary, and thus En­topia was born. The main aim of En­topia is to in­spire visi­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture in a new way with the best of the plant and in­sect worlds be­ing brought to­gether to create an en­vi­ron­ment that is not only con­ducive for learn­ing and shar­ing a love of na­ture, but to also pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion and ed­u­ca­tion to the gen­eral pub­lic.

There are two new at­trac­tions at En­topia – The Na­ture­land and The Co­coon. The Na­ture­land is a shared eco­log­i­cal world for in­sects, small rep­tiles and other in­ver­te­brates re­sid­ing in a nat­u­ral habi­tat. This will be the largest but­ter­fly and dragon­fly gar­den in Malaysia and will fea­ture more than 200 species of plants along­side wa­ter­falls, ponds and walk­ing trails. The Co­coon is an in­door dis­cov­ery cen­tre de­signed to al­low visi­tors to ex­plore the world of in­sects and in­ver­te­brates through in­ter­ac­tive edu-sta­tions. Within this space lies Lu­mino City, Malaysia’s first in­door fire­fly sanc­tu­ary, where the en­tire life­cy­cle of this unique in­sect can be ob­served.

Visi­tors will also have the op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Tapestree, where you’ll dine on Asian and Western cui­sine amid but­ter­flies. En­topia takes pride in its multi-lin­gual ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes aimed at chil­dren of all ages, util­is­ing tried-and-tested method­ol­ogy and ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote in­ter­est and in­stil knowl­edge about the crea­tures that ac­tu­ally rep­re­sent 80 per­cent of life on Earth.

En­topia prom­ises to be one of the top vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tions in Pe­nang and a leader in realm of eco­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

830 Jalan Teluk Ba­hang, Teluk Ba­hang, Pe­nang (+604 888 8111/ www.en­topia.com).

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