CITY BUZZ: Meet animals from around the world, at Tropical Butterfly House

Tropical Butterfly House
Tropical Butterfly House
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How would you and your family like to meet with beautiful creatures from around the world this weekend?

The Tropical Butterfly House, in North Anston, is kicking off an entire February of fun on Saturday with its ‘Looking Good’ event, which will see a whole host of exciting activities planned at the popular Sheffield visitor attraction.

Visitors to the Butterfly House can interact with an array of amazing animals and mini beasts from around the world, including lemurs and meerkats; snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies, in the exotic Animal Encounter; chickens, ducks, geese and peacocks, in the Feed the Farm Animals Barn; plus otters, owls, butterflies, birds, and much more.

Marketing manager Louise Larcombe said: “The event, which can be enjoyed by all ages, combines lots of interactive fun with interesting facts about how animals keep themselves looking their best and how they attract a mate.

“There will be a Guinea Pig Salon, where visitors can groom guinea pigs, and for a £1 donation to charity, visitors can make a Valentine’s gift for the lemurs and go in to their outdoor enclosure during the twice daily lemur talk.

“Guests will be invited to take part in a free quiz trail, finding facts around the park to win a small prize, and a variety of crafts will be available for children in the Activity and Craft Centre.

“The young and the young at heart can also have their faces painted and, for the extroverts, there will be a dress up competition!”

The Tropical Butterfly House hosts themed events throughout the year during school holidays.

Zoo Curator Andrew Reeve added: “We are very fortunate to have a high percentage of returning visitors, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer them something new each time they see us by putting on a variety of animal encounters and activities.

“2017 is set to be another very exciting year for us, with further improvements and additions to the centre.

“Visitors are encouraged to follow us on social media to keep informed of updates.”

‘Looking Good’ will take place every day from this Saturday February 11 to Sunday February 26, between 10am and 5.30pm. Normal admission charges apply, though some activities may cost extra.

The centre also has a special Valentine’s themed Afternoon Tea offer available from February 11-14, though booking is required in advance for this.

Visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk for more information about the centre, which is located just five minutes from the M1, at junction 31, and offers free parking.