The Newport Butterfly Zoo, RI, is located at 409 Bulgarmarsh Road in the town of Triverton n Newport County. It is about 20 minutes from the town of Newport.
The zoo is owned by Mark Schenk since he opened it in 1992. In the warm months Schenk invites people to visit and see hundreds of these amply and colorfully winged insects. They are more likely to be seen in abundance on a warm sunny day.
There are two doors to enter as is generally the case in butterfly gardens, in order to prevent escapes by the resident fluttering population. Prior to entry visitors are warned of the possible dangers of releasing foreign species into the environment and the possible consequences this can cause.
Visitors are then told not to touch, chase or in anyway harm his livestock. These animals are sold by the owner for between $4 and $6 per specimen.
Visitors may wish to wear bright colored clothing as it attracts the animals. Cameras are allowed into the zoo.
The Newport Butterfly Zoo, RI, charges admission. Children under three are admitted free but are required to remain in a stroller at all times to prevent them from harming the animals.
Sometimes dried butterfly specimens may be available as souvenirs upon request at the exit.
The zoo is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 11 AM to 4 PM on Mondays through Saturdays. On Sundays opening is at noon and closing is at 4 PM. Approximately 30 minutes allows for sufficient viewing time at this site.
The farm that raises butterflies for commercial ends is at another location. Specimens are available in dried and mounted form for collectors or in live form for release at social events or weddings.
This is done with a collection of varied small butterflies or large Monarchs though when supplies allow, the zoo may sell batches of Swallowtail butterflies if requested. Butterflies are only shipped by the zoo and its farm within the state of Rhode Island. They are not supplied from the month of November through April for live releases due to the weather.
The creatures at this zoo and other butterflies only have a lifespan of approximately 2 weeks time.
The Newport Butterfly Zoo, RI, is in a 30 x 60 ft. screened greenhouse that s completely wheelchair accessible.
The zoo periodically holds specimen releases of breeds that are found locally into the environment. The general public is always welcome to attend these events free of charge.
The Butterfly zoo and farm sells and buys rare papilionid specimens and Vintage rare butterflies. The zoo has a stated policy of neither buying nor selling animals that are listed as endangered species.
On a visit staff will gladly inform visitors around collecting mounted specimens as well as on promoting and cultivating butterfly gardens at home. This can be a particularly educational component of a visit here.