Durrell calls for runners to support new Butterfly House at Jersey Zoo

Whether you fly round like a butterfly or amble round like a tortoise, this year’s Durrell Dash will be a colourful celebration of Jersey Zoo’s exciting new butterfly and tortoise exhibit.

October Half Term will see the official opening of the Butterfly House, located next to the Organic Showcase. All funds raised at the Durrell Dash, taking place on 4th November 2018, will support the ongoing costs of this captivating new exhibit.

Visitors will walk through swathes of tropical butterflies, immersing themselves in a world of jewel colours and exotic plants. The butterflies will be sharing their new home with several Galapagos tortoises who will have their own enclosure nestled within the lush vegetation.

Commenting on the new exhibit Dr Lesley Dickie, Durrell’s CEO, said “We really wanted to make the zoo a more immersive experience and bring people and animals closer together. I can’t wait to see visitor’s reactions as they experience these beautiful animals up close. One of our key objectives is connecting people to nature and this walk-through exhibit will help us achieve that.”

The Butterfly House will also incorporate a pupae chamber where hatching butterflies will first stretch their wings before release into the larger house and outside a wild flower garden will be created to attract native invertebrates.

For the fourth year running, this popular road race, of either 6km or 13km, around the lanes of Trinity, will be sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management International. Commenting on their ongoing support for this event, Matthew Sutton, Client Director of Rathbones said: “We are delighted once again to be partnering with Durrell for the Durrell Dash. It’s always been a fantastic and fun event and we are delighted to be able to continue our support for a local charity that does such important work both here in Jersey and all over the world.”

Runners are invited to wear wings or dress in vibrant hues to celebrate the kaleidoscope of colour that will be on show in the new Butterfly House.

Photos by Danny Richardson and Aaron Le Flohic-Gillies