The Penang Butterfly Farm has just undergone an upgrade and now sports all sorts of new interactive and multimedia displays. Shame though that the very dull, grey dead/mounted insect and butterfly display area still look as stale and outdated as ever. The artifact gallery also looks like a train smash which is a pity as there are some great items on display. Whoever decided that museum like spaces should be brown/grey/creepy/boring? I mean, it is 2011 right?
The farm was established as one of the first Tropical Butterfly Farms in the world and seems to be successful both as commercial and conservation enterprise. It is worth a visit notwithstanding the dull "dead exhibits".
Whilst you are in the are you want to either head back to the Spice Gardens for a fabulous meal, further South towards Balik Pulau or pop over to the smallest National Park in the world for a picnic (pack your own fare). Entrance to the National Park is free and about 100metres past the entrance, you will find the beach lined with numerous wooden decks sporting picnic tables and benches.
Back to the Butterfly Farm - I am personally not keen om these type of places as they seem to push their Disney-like icons and gift shop stocked with more of these right in your face, not leaving that much natural about the experience. That said, kids and adults alike still love the farm, staff are really very friendly and if you look beyond the iconic gifts, there are a few nice items to be bought from the gift shop.
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