SERTOMA stand for SERvice TO MAnkind. It is a fraternal organization which saw fit to build a butterfly pavilion in Sioux Falls. One of about 30 butterfly houses that is open year-round, it is a great stop for anyone coming through SIoux Falls. With roughly 1,000 free-flying butterflies on any given day, it provides a nice respite from a hectic day of traveling. The button quail and painted turtles round out the inhabitants of the flight room. The accompanying Purdy Marine Cove has over a dozen fresh and saltwater aquariums, and a touchpool with stingrays and sharks. The aquariums have eels, queen angelfish, emperor red grouper, lion fish, Australian stonefish, variety of tangs, discus fish, albino golden bobos, catfish, neon tetras, rainbows, hawkfish, and assorted cardinals. It's reading room is loaded with toys and books, a skink, a tarantula, and another aquarium with upside down jellyfish, yellow tang, bengai cardinal, blue carpet ananome, sea cucumber, brittle sea star, pencil urchin, and urchin. The theater room has several movies -- most recently an animated series of 5-minute movies explaining the fish and butterfly exhibits. One of the walls in the theater room contains over 300 butterfly and moth specimens from the flight room - to include the atlas moth and Madagascar moon moths. The adjoining Sertoma Park has a huge pavilion and playground activities for kids.
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