Sustainable Butterfly Farming
In order for Butterfly Pavilion to showcase the beautiful butterflies that we do, we work with butterfly farmers around the globe. Currently Butterfly Pavilion works with 10 butterfly farms supporting their sustainable practices. The farms we work with are found in Florida, USA, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Suriname, Ecuador, Kenya, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Each year we invest approximately $80,000 in butterfly pupae purchases.
Why do we do it? Butterfly Pavilion is passionate about sustainable businesses, especially those that protect threatened tropical rainforest habitat. Through the support of Butterfly Pavilion and other butterfly houses we are able to purchase butterfly pupa that have been sustainably raised, this allows the farmers to create jobs and make a better life for themselves, use profits to purchase more land, and all the while protecting critically important rainforest habitat.
Basecamp Explorer/Foundation Partnership
Butterfly Pavilion began a partnership with Basecamp Explorer in 2012. Basecamp Foundation, in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, is a non-profit tourism based organization that works with host communities and partner organizations in tourism destinations to create sustainable destinations in developing countries. Their goal is to create a forum for host communities to demonstrate positive impacts of tourism on the natural, social and economic environment. Yearly, beginning in 2012, Butterfly Pavilion has provided a scholarship to one Maasai student at the Basecamp Maasai Guide School. Recently we have brought in Fair Trade Maasai beaded jewelry from Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB). BMB is a group of Maasai women who have taken their traditions and have learned to use them sustainably through a fair trade business to bring in additional monies to support their families.