There has been some interest shown in the Gauteng area for a Butterfly Sanctuary over the last few years. Especially from Andeon (Site inspection was done but the finance was not available), Roodepoort (Site Inspection was completed and are waiting for finance), Sun City (was an existing exotic butterfly house with climate problems. CBISA was asked to redesign it to house South African Butterflies. It was rebuilt and completed in 2012 in the Cultural Village of Sun City), Spioenkop (did not have the financial backing), Dieplaagte (was perfect for the Butterfly Sanctuary, but never materialized), Lynnwood Glen in Pretoria (was based in a school ground and had too many municipal setbacks), Krugersdorp (was in the premises of a house owner and on Site Inspection was found unsuitable), Centurion, (was to be housed on the Old Mutual Building Shopping Mall roof and found unsuitable due to extra security measures that were costly against the localities weather conditions) Hartebeesport Dam, (a few interested parties, but never materialized), Wonderboom Suid in Pretoria, (would be housed in a park, but due to existing buildings and businesses, it was felt that it would encroach on the rights of the existing businesses), Kameeldrift East in Pretoria (Site inspection was done but the finance was not available)and Randburg (ongoing negotiations for the past 12 months).
The opportunity is still available to anyone who has an interest in the development of the intended Gauteng Butterfly Sanctuary (GBS) in becoming either a partner in this venture with Conservation of Butterflies in South Africa (CBISA) or a sole owner.
The estimated costs of the intended Butterfly Sanctuary is between 1.5 to 2 million Rand. The development is estimated to take a period of between 8 to 15 months (depending on local municipality and weather conditions. Estimated income from the venture is between 1.5 million to 2 million rand per month (taking into consideration all holidays and non seasonal times).
Gauteng Butterfly Breeding Centre
These are butterfly domes (Lepidomes) also referred to as Butterfly Breeding Centres in which butterflies are bred to be sold for butterfly weddings and all other functions. The releasing of butterflies in localised areas helps populate butterfly colonies and at the same time providing the owner with a reasonable monthly income. The lepidome is 12m x 6m x 2.4m high at its highest point. The cost of such a lepidome is approximately R 15 000.00. The construction of the lepidome is between 6 to 14 days (depending on weather conditions). Earning between R 15 000.00 to R 35 000.00 per month (depending on the month and availability of butterflies bred). These Lepidomes suite the areas in which there are either farmers or small land holdings.
Gauteng Butterfly Breeding Station
These are butterfly domes (Lepidomes) also referred to as Butterfly Breeding Stations in which butterflies are bred for educational purposes, such as schools, universities and businesses. These are usually hired out for the duration of the butterfly specie’s life cycle to the interested parties and maintained by the students for the duration of the breeding program. These lepidomes are 2m x 2m x 2m (small) or 3m x 3m x 2m (large). The costs of the Lepidome is between R 1 500.00 to R2 200.00. These are hired out for periods of 4 weeks to 12 weeks (depending of the species being bred) at a cost of R 50.00 per day with a deposit of R 1 500.00 to R 2 000.00 depending on the size of the Lepidome required. This provides an income of R 1 050.00 per month per Lepidome rented out. 10 such lepidomes rented out at the same time would increase your monthly income to R 10 500.00 per month.
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