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Butterfly Garden Launching at Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka

Quantification of butterfly diversity was one of the prime importance of biodiversity studies at Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa Sri Lanka. One of the primary need of the hotel is to assess its biodiversity within premises. The study was initiated with the objective of establishing an area that refuge butterflies and their life stages.

The Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (RBA) of butterfly population was carried out from June 2017 to September 2017 within the Hotel property. As for many Hotel biodiversity studies, visual encounter survey method was used from 0600h to 1900h for sampling. The area was occupied by 41 species from 26 genera representing 5 families. Out of the recorded species 2 are endemic and 1 species listed as endangered category according to National red List of Sri Lanka 2012. This RBA was done as sample to assist biodiversity conservation within the Hotel, adding value to nature and visitors at SLHT.

Due to high number of species found in the area, the CSR and Sustainability Unit proposed a habitat enhancement program for the butterflies. The project (commenced in July 2017) was completed on the 4th of October 2017; World Animal Day.

The project commenced three months back was targeted to enhance visitor interactions and was a success today on the World Animal Day. A vegetated area of the Front office proposed as a butterfly garden (converting the non-used land area) was launched today with value addition. 67 Different varieties of flowering and butterfly host plants were added to the site making it more attractive and productive. The expected outcome was to make butterfly watching a guest attention around the Hotel during daytime. The Hotels low (gardening) chemical use also was a favour for butterflies at all areas. 

The expected outcome of introducing Habitat for wildlife on the world animal day was raised on the 04|10|2017

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