Tropical Butterfly House’s 25th Anniversary celebrations will commence on Saturday 23rd March!

The Tropical Butterfly House, Falconry and Wildlife Park in Sheffield will mark its 25th anniversary this month with a series of celebration events that will take place throughout 2019. Starting with a giant Birthday cake for the animals and fun activities throughout the day on 23rd March.

Tropical Butterfly House

The park is renowned for its collection of exotic animals and endangered species from around the world. Now a landmark for the local area, the park originally came from humble beginnings. It opened during the midst of an economic downturn and started out with just a butterfly house, a nature trail and a small café and shop. 25 years on visitor numbers have grown to over 150,000 per annum (in 2018) with a 60+ team of dedicated staff who work hard to connect people with the animals.

Jo McDonough, operations director joined the park 19 years ago when she left school and has dedicated her career to her love of animals, she explains,

“The park opened with just three employees, butterflies, peacocks, a tarantula and a snake.  Many more animals followed and we quickly discovered that the key to our success was allowing visitors to get close to and handle the animals they love. I’m proud to say the same ethos remains with us today”.

July Days Out

The Tropical Butterfly House remains proudly owned and run by the same family that founded it in 1994, headed by managing director Kim Bellis who took over the reins earlier this year and following in her father’s footsteps (the parks original founder). Kim has spent her life living and working at Tropical Butterfly House, she explained,

“The legacy of my dad’s labour of love is still very clear today, which is to promote and conserve the natural world around us and beyond. The huge success of the Tropical Butterfly House is just as it was when it all began, to inspire the next generation’s passion for nature.”

The Tropical Butterfly House remains proudly owned and run by the same family that founded it in 1994, headed by managing director Kim Bellis who took over the reins earlier this year and following in her father’s footsteps (the parks original founder). Kim has spent her life living and working at Tropical Butterfly House, she explained,

“The legacy of my dad’s labour of love is still very clear today, which is to promote and conserve the natural world around us and beyond. The huge success of the Tropical Butterfly House is just as it was when it all began, to inspire the next generation’s passion for nature.”

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre Easter

Looking to the future, Andrew Reeve, wildlife park manager explains the vision for the coming years,

“The focus is firmly on endangered species, to join the many species that have been added over the years, from lemurs and otters to vultures. This has driven our fundraising efforts, for example when visitors see the lemurs and learn about their story, they are essentially helping to raise funds for survival in their native wild habitat”.

The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily, all year round and is located five minutes from the M1, junction 31, with free parking. See www.butterflyhouse.co.uk to plan your visit.

Tropical Butterfly House Voucher

Many exciting memories have been made at the Tropical Butterfly House so they’re encouraging people to share their stories and images from over from the past 25 years to #mybutterflymoment where they hope to capture the excitement of all the hands-on experiences at the park.