Zanzibar Butterfly Center is a new tourist attraction. Featuring a live display of
Tanzanian butterflies. The exhibit consists of a netted enclosure and tropical garden with two to 300 butterflies at any one time. All of which are native species to Zanzibar. The enclosure is one of Africa’s largest butterfly exhibits and provides residents and tourists of Zanzibar with an interactive and visually environment to learn about these
colorful winged insects. Female butterflies lay their eggs on a
food plant. The caterpillars or larvae feed from the plant until they’re ready to pupate. Which depending on the species, can be a few weeks after hatching. The larvae attach themselves by their abdomens to a suitable leaf or stick and shed their skins to form pupae. At this point the pupae are harvested by a farmer to be sold to the butterfly center, generating local revenue. Thus providing a valuable source of income
and livelihood for the local people.