Our visit to Taman Rama-Rama (Butterfly Park) was not planned. It was randomly suggested by a local as well as the other attractions en route to Malacca. Since we still have an extra hour (so we thought), we allocated 30 minutes for this. But upon seeing the butterflies feeding through the pineapples (I did not know they seriously like it), I knew we would stay longer.
It was a fine-weathered day, hence, the mariposas were generously visible and moving. Those who are into macro photography will certainly be delighted.
In my case, I found them capable of showering emotional triggers. They reminded me of some of childhood memories wherein we would catch and eventually free them, as well as the equally colorful dragonflies. Other random thoughts: that a brown butterfly visiting your house means that a soul of a dear one is passing by, science related discussions and projects on butterflies, and more. I took a number of videos, in a way that I almost wanted to document their every movement, like what I did for the jelly fish. Unfortunately, I still have not find the time to sort out the plenty of videos I recorded. I must share those in a separate post, including the videos taken while feeding the monkeys, and more.
More than just a butterfly park
Aside from that it is a well-made replica of habitat for butterflies, complemented by a relaxing view (and use) of the gazebo (wow, it is real, farming games coming into life), there are other charming creatures co-habiting with each other.
You will also see different kinds of birds. I was still starstruck with some (especially the hornbill) though I already had an ample dosage from the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. I think that this park should be renamed to include “Reptile Park” for better representation. There are plenty of them here, which I am not very fond of . Hence, I did not stay much in that area. Here are some of the other photos that I took during the 2 hours visit (from the 30 minutes projection):
It is impossible to miss the gibbons. From the park’s entrance, you will instantly get curious to find out where the noise comes from. Until you self-correct your notion that such noise = music. The small, tailless apes with shaggy fur actually vocalize through songs. This can be heard up to half mile away. They also tirelessly swing from one branch to the other.
To your left will be the love birds. Well, they will always be the love birds. I wonder if their romanticism is distracted by the “music” from the gibbons.
(Left: scorpion, right: slow loris (one of the endangered species) also known as “malu malu” which means “shy one”; in Malaysia, they are also popularly known as “kongkang” and “kera duku”.)
I was like them intently waiting for the “action” from the leopards.
They did not scare us, but did a lot of tickling for each other.
You will not easily notice this pig-like creature due to its camouflaging skin. Malaysian Tapir is claimed as the biggest among the four species. The inherent disrupted coloration makes it more difficult to recognize it as a tapir, and other animals may mistake it for a large rock rather than a form of prey when it is lying down to sleep. You will notice that there is a pinkish hole on his right. During our visit, there was a disclaimer that it is currently undergoing treatment, including the management of cleanliness of his surrounds. It is claimed to be recovering from its infection and the management welcomes suggestions in its treatment.
Personally, the highlights of my visit are the existence of bountiful butterflies, the sight of shy/slow loris and tapir and the too many tortoises around – of different types! Just as slowness is generally associated with them, I seem to disagree. As I spent much time with them that day, I thought that they run fast. They are surprisingly fascinating, the way they stared at me was a little eerie though. That I am dedicating the next entry for them.
Taman Rama-Rama (Butterfly Park)
Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia
Open everyday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Admission Fees: [For Malaysians] RM 5 (adult), RM 3 (children),
[For non-Malaysians] RM 10 (adult), RM 5 (children)
RM 3 (fee for bringing camera)