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The farm is the source of all the butterflies you encounter in our tropical butterfly garden, but more importantly, it is the location where all the butterfly pupae are bred and prepared for export to several countries abroad. Aside from butterflies, snakes and land turtles are also bred at the facilities of Neotropical Insects and your tour will of course include an introduction to these other tropical animals. 

 No less than twenty-two different species of Surinamese butterflies are bred from tiny egg and larvae, to caterpillar, pupae, and for our own breeding program also to butterflies, in special screened in enclosures. In the carefully controlled environment at Neotropical Insects, each step of this fascinating process of metamorphosis right up to the moment of export, is closely monitored and guided in the right direction. That is no small task, but a highly professional organization which requires a significant amount of knowhow, expertise and meticulousness of every employee, at each position within this process. Under the accompaniment of a professional guide you will receive a privileged and informative glimpse into the interesting and extensive world of our butterfly, snake and turtle breeding facilities.

Nature Spot

Before the establishment of the breeding station it was consciously chosen for a place where nature has remained untouched. Hence, the farm still have a lot of trees between it. A natural spot, a bush, but in the middle of town.
The Neotopical Insects and the Neotropical Butterfly Park are both working with butterflies. The farm concentrates on the production of the butterfly pupas which are meant for the export.

The Butterfly Park has different kinds of attractions, such as a Gift shop, a Panorama, an Insect museum, an expo area, also a butterfly garden, a playground and a cafe. Every hour there are also guided tours to the farm.
Visitors of the Butterfly Park will witness the real lifecycle of the different butterfly species. While the employees are preparing the examples for the export the visitors may observe the whole process.

About Suriname

 

Officially the Republic of Suriname, is a country in northern South America. It borders French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean. Suriname was a former colony of the British and of the Dutch, and was previously known as Dutch Guiana. Suriname achieved independence from the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.

At just under 165,000 km2 (64,000 sq mi) Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America. It has an estimated population of approximately 490,000, most of whom live on the country's north coast, where the capital Paramaribo is located.

Dutch is the official language of Suriname, however not de only language spoken ins Suriname. Sranan Tongo, a local creole language originally spoken by the creole population group, is the most widely used language in the streets and often interchangeably with Dutch depending on the formality of the setting. Surinamese Hindi or Sarnami, a dialect of Bhojpuri, is the third-most used language, spoken by the descendants of South Asian contract workers from then British India. Javanese is used by the descendants of Javanese contract workers. The Maroon languages, somewhat intelligible with Sranan Tongo, include Saramaka, Paramakan, Ndyuka (also called Aukan), Kwinti and Matawai. Amerindian languages, spoken by Amerindians, include Carib and Arawak. Hakka and Cantonese are spoken by the descendants of the Chinese contract workers. Mandarin is spoken by some few recent Chinese immigrants. English, Spanish and Portuguese are also used. Spanish and Portuguese are spoken by Latin American residents and their descendants and sometimes also taught in schools.

Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America. Situated on the Guiana Shield

The northern, lowland coastal area (roughly above the line Albina-Paranam-Wageningen) has been cultivated, and most of the population lives here. The southern part consists of tropical rainforest and sparsely inhabited savanna along the border with Brazil, covering about 80% of Suriname's land surface.

Lying 2 to 5 degrees north of the equator, Suriname has a very hot tropical climate, and temperatures do not vary much throughout the year. Its average temperature ranges from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius. The year has two wet seasons, from April to August and from November to February. It also has two dry seasons, from August to November and February to April.