WHILE some parks and attractions have reopened, things at Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm are a bit different as time is required to repopulate it with various butterfly species.
Its chief executive officer Joseph Goh said they are on schedule to reopen on March 19 as they are in the process of repopulating the farm with butterflies before opening their doors to the public.
“Our targeted forecast is after March 19 and it is on schedule.
“We are different from other places; we cannot just reopen.
“We are a ‘life park’ and it takes time to build up the butterfly population.
“We need to transfer them from the breeding stations to the park area, ” he said.
The butterflies are bred at their stations and their lifespan is short.
“To save cost and control the enclosure, we did not repopulate.
“Since the closing during the movement control order (MCO), the population has diminished. We cannot reopen until it is repopulated as we have certain standards to keep.
“Visitors will complain if they visit us and there are no butterflies. We do not want to disappoint them.
“We need to have our livestock of insects and it takes time. It is not easy for us to reopen, ” he said.
The farm has been operating every day despite being closed as they need to take care of the farm.
“Our staff work half a day, every day, to carry out daily chores, such as catering to the trees and plants.
“The place needs upkeep as it is not a museum where we can just switch off the lights and pack up, ” he said.
They however still lost some animals.
‘Unfortunately some animals, like lizards, perished but we have enough as not all of them are on display.
“Sometimes when we have more of them bred in excess, we adopt them.
“Some of our staff and even I have adopted some of them and taken them home, ” he said.
Located in Teluk Bahang, Penang, Entopia boasts the largest green-wall premises in Malaysia with hanging vegetation enveloping its facade.