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Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

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The Belize Butterfly House
Located in the Cayo district, between limestone hills covered with lush vegetation you will find "Green Hills", the Belize Butterfly Ranch.

Flocks of butterflies, fly freely in a 3,300 sq. ft., beautifully landscaped flight area: The largest live butterfly display in Belize.

The Rearing Facilities

Several native butterfly species are being reared at Green Hills. With the magnifficent Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) being the star of the show.

Visitors facilities
Green Hills has a small gift shop and Guests are welcome to use our covered picnic spot furnished with tables and seats.

The Research Facilities
Green Hills is research orientated. The main flight area makes it possible to study interactions between different butterfly species. A checklist to the butterflies of Belize was produced here. In addition, there is ongoing research in other known in Belize for their environmental and ecological studies. Much attention is also devoted to conservation activities.

One species new to science that was discovered at Green Hills is Citharacanthus meermani It is a medium sized tarantula spider. So far, this species is known only from the northern edge of the Maya Mountains

More research is always in progress. You can check out Biodiversity related projects by Jan Meerman at: for species information and publications.

Green Hills is renowned for its Bird Diversity. Over the past decade, no less than 316 bird species have been recorded on our 100 acres! Hummingbirds visiting the feeders near the caterpillar building of course take center stage. And for the last few years an alternative Christmas Birdcount is being carried out under very strict conditions. On average 70-90 species of birds are annually being recorded this way. An amazingly large number! Green Hills is a recognized eBird hotspot. Visit the special Green Hills Birding page.

Private Conservation Management Area
Green Hills is member of the Belize Association of Private Protected Areas and manages 100 acres under a private conservation management plan. Learn more.

Visiting Hours
The butterflies are best visited early in the morning. Pupae emerge early and butterflies tend to sun themselves only in the morning, providing better opportunities for picture taking. For this reason, the butterfly house is open daily from 8 AM - 1 PM. Last tour of the day starts at 12 PM. Closed on Sundays and on public holidays.

Entrance fee for private guided tour is: B$ 25.00 (US$ 12.50) per person (minimum 2 adults). Children under 10 years, in the company of 2 paying adults: B$ 10 (US$ 5.00). Group rate for 4 or more people: B$ 20.00 (US$ 10.00) per person. Special rates for larger groups are available on request. Groups over 10 people, please make reservations..

On special request only we can provide customized evening tours for your guests. This evening tour highlights the Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon) which is most active just before sunset.

You can contact us at meerman(at) - (501) 834-4017


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