Open from Easter weekend until the end of summer, our butterfly house is an adventurous step into the tropics.

With hundreds of colourful butterfly’s and beautiful tropical plants, there is always something new to see. Learn about the life cycle of this awesome insect or simply relax and enjoy a little bit of paradise, in the heart of Hanwell. You can walk right though the enclosure, with the butterflies flying free and feeding on fruits and nectar from all of the beautiful flowers.

We discourage touching, as their wings are very sensitive, but if you wear something bright enough, they might just land on you to say hello.

We discourage touching, as their wings are very sensitive, but if you wear something bright enough, they might just land on you to say hello.

Some of the butterflies you will discover

Blue morpho (Morpho peleides)

The most popular of the many species that live in the butterfly house. The sight of this large, vividly coloured butterfly is a spectacular one. Their wingspan can be as large as 20cm and their favourite food is rotting banana and mango. In the wild, they can be found around equatorial South America.

Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

Another favourite, the owl butterflies always have their eye on you. Found in the Amazon Rainforest, the owl’s large eye scares off would be predators. Their favourite food is juicy orange and nectar.

Blue morpho (Morpho peleides)

The most popular of the many species that live in the butterfly house. The sight of this large, vividly coloured butterfly is a spectacular one. Their wingspan can be as large as 20cm and their favourite food is rotting banana and mango. In the wild, they can be found around equatorial South America.

Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

Another favourite, the owl butterflies always have their eye on you. Found in the Amazon Rainforest, the owl’s large eye scares off would be predators. Their favourite food is juicy orange and nectar.

Over things to discover at Hanwell Zoo

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turtleApart from the obvious, there are many reasons why a trip to the zoo is a great experience for all ages.

Known locally as the ‘Bunny Park’, Hanwell Zoo is free to enter and is the home to a selection of birds, mammals and a seasonal butterfly house as well as other cheeky residents like Hitari the porcupine.

Come  visit us and see the amazing animals who live at the zoo, or better still come and meet the meerkats or be a zookeepers for the day and see what goes on behind the scenes!

Come  visit us and see the amazing animals who live at the zoo, or better still come and meet the meerkats or be a zookeepers for the day and see what goes on behind the scenes!

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