Cocoons of nature’s jewels

EMBARK on a journey like never beforeand uncover the mysteries of insects, small animals and plants at the upcoming nature learning destination — Entopia, in Teluk Bahang, Penang.

Within Entopia lies two new ‘worlds’ — Natureland and Cocoon.

Natureland, a living garden vivarium, is a shared ecological space for a variety of insects, invertebrates and small reptilesliving in their re-created natural habitat.

The living garden would feature more than 200 species of plants, waterfalls, ponds, caves; including more than 15,000 friendly butterflies flying at any one time.

Cocoon, the indoor discovery centre — features two floors of learning exhibition and indoor activities.

Entopia chief executive officer Joseph Goh said the company believes that education and awareness should start with the young.

“We want to influence the society in apositive way and to help nature share their stories,” he said.

A media tour was held on Friday, where media practitioners were taken on a 1.18km walk in Entopia.

Upon entering Cocoon, pressmen were greeted by the Pandora Forest.

Entopia chief executive officer Joseph Goh showing the beautiful butterflies during a media tour at Entopia in Teluk Bahang. WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN THE STAR/22.04.2016
Goh showing some of the butterfly species at the living garden called, Natureland.

The first thing that came to mind was Alice in Wonderland, where visitors are able to let their imagination run wild in this fantasy world of butterflies, myths and legends.

Among other attractions in Cocoon is the Underground Mysteries, where visitors could venture ‘underground’ and walk around in their habitat, as if they are one of the insects.

Goh said Lumino City in Cocoon, is amagical exhibit where visitors would have the opportunity to learn more about the life cycle of firefly.

“We even have the Breeding Ground section in Cocoon, where visitors can witness what we do behind-the-scene,” he added.

Other facilities include the Entopia Store, Entopia Hobby Centre and Tapestree Food and Conversations.

Upon completion, Entopia boasts to beone of the largest green-wall premises in Malaysia, with thousands of hanging vegetation enveloping its building facade of over 20,000sq ft (1,858sq m) of wall space and over 180m in length.

“We have turned the old facility from approximately 30,000sq ft (2,787.1sq m) to over 100,000sq ft (9,290.3sq m) now.

“This is just Phase One of our development. The continuation of Phase Two, an additional expansion of approximately 140,000sq ft (13,006.4sq m), is scheduled in 2019,” Goh said.

Entopia is scheduled to be open to the public on May 2.

A pre-opening buy-one-free-one promo of RM49 is available since April 13 until May 1. Up to 10,000 pre-opening passes are to be given away with purchases. Passes are to be used between May 2 and Oct 31.

Beautiful butterflies at Entopia in Teluk Bahang. — Photos: WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN/The Star
Beautiful butterflies at Entopia in Teluk Bahang. — Photos: WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN/The Star

An opening introductory rate of RM39 for adults, and RM23 for children (aged four to 12) and senior citizens (aged 60 and above) would be offered from May 2 to July 31.

The standard rate for adult pass is RM49 and RM29 for children and senior citizens.

Senior citizens must present their passport or MyKad to be entitled for the discounted rate while the disabled must present their OKU card to be entitled for a waiver.

Visiting hours is from 9am to 8pm daily. Last entrance for visitors is at 6pm.

Tapestree is open from 10am to 7pm daily.

Visit or call 04-8851253 for more details.

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