Things are a-flutter at Mount Lofty’s Cleland Wildlife Park, with the opening of a brand new butterfly aviary.
The colourful addition, which was established with the support of the Butterfly Conservation Society of South Australia, showcases the importance of butterflies and insects to our health and wellbeing.
The aviary will eventually house seven butterfly species and Cleland staff will be working with the Butterfly Conservation Society of SA to breed species under threat in the Mount Lofty ranges region for release.
Launching the new aviary, Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said butterflies are important indicators of a healthy environment and healthy ecosystems.
“Butterflies do more than make our world more colourful, they are important pollinators to many plants and agricultural crops, and an important food source for birds, spiders, lizards, bats and other
animals,” said Minister Speirs.
“The presence or absence of butterflies can tell us a lot about the health of the local environment – and these important invertebrates are under threat from our changing climate, and habitat loss.
To coincide with the opening of the aviary, Cleland Wildlife Park has also launched an exhibition on butterflies and their ecology, biology and environmental value.
For opening hours and more info on Cleland Wildlife Park, visit clelandwildlifepark.sa.gov.au/Home.