Securing the future

Cas­par Bijleveld, Direc­tor Papil­io­ra­ma

To date, the Foun­da­tion has invest­ed 13 mil­lion Swiss francs in the devel­op­ment of the insti­tu­tion; the busi­ness has to do with­out pub­lic funds, and it can­not sup­port larg­er invest­ments on its own. In order to con­tin­ue to be suc­cess­ful in the future, how­ev­er, these invest­ments have become unavoid­able. On the one hand, the exist­ing infra­struc­ture must be mod­ern­ized, and on the oth­er, new exhi­bi­tions must be built to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate the rich­ness of the ecosys­tems and their numer­ous inhab­i­tants, espe­cial­ly to chil­dren and young peo­ple. This will help the Papil­io­ra­ma to achieve sta­ble vis­i­tor num­bers in the long term and thus secure a broad eco­nom­i­cal basis of its own.

The Project 2030

A new breed­ing sta­tion for but­ter­flies, con­fer­ence and sem­i­nar rooms, room for edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, a new amphib­ian house: these, like many oth­er projects, are planned under the stan­dards of eco­log­i­cal­ly sus­tain­able build­ing and place the Papil­io­ra­ma on a strong, future-ori­ent­ed foun­da­tion. 11 mil­lion Swiss francs are need­ed to imple­ment this all-round sen­si­ble project.

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  1. Three con­fer­ence and sem­i­nar rooms can be com­bined
  2. New restora­tion area
  3. The Amphibar­i­um
  4. The hang­ing gar­dens of the trop­ics
  5. Entrance to the main build­ing
  6. Enhanc­ing the Jun­gle Trek
  7. Renew­able ener­gies
  8. Build­ing insu­la­tion
  9. Exten­sion of the Papil­io­ra­ma
  10. In the waters of the See­land
  11. Obser­va­tion tow­er
  12. New aviary

Testimonials

Hans Stöckli

Hans Stöck­li, Advo­cate and Coun­cil of States BE, Pres­i­dent of the Papil­io­ra­ma 2030 Patron­age Com­mit­tee and of the ProPa­pil­io­ra­ma Asso­ci­a­tion

What an explo­sion of life here! This thought accom­pa­nies me every step of the way when I vis­it the Papil­io­ra­ma. Its name is based on the but­ter­fly, which plays an impor­tant role here. Nowhere else in Switzer­land can more than 60 species of this mean­ing­ful, frag­ile crea­ture be expe­ri­enced in a large pavil­ion – lit­er­al­ly up close. Who­ev­er enters the but­ter­fly dome in Kerz­ers is imme­di­ate­ly enchant­ed by their light­ness and vari­ety of colours.

But­ter­flies sym­bol­ize the fragili­ty of nature in an impres­sive way. This is what the Papil­io­ra­ma has focused on. It is home to one of Europe’s largest and liveli­est pre­sen­ta­tions of bio­log­i­cal diver­si­ty. This was the great­est con­cern of its founder, the renowned nature con­ser­va­tion­ist Maarten Bijleveld van Lex­mond, when he found­ed the insti­tu­tion in Neuchâ­tel in 1988. His son Cas­par Bijleveld has long been in charge of the insti­tu­tion, and since 2003 the Papil­io­ra­ma has been locat­ed in Kerz­ers, where it can unfold even bet­ter and is par­tic­u­lar­ly ded­i­cat­ed to the bio­di­ver­si­ty of the region. Sup­port­ed by a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, the Papil­io­ra­ma is known far beyond the Swiss bor­der and enjoys inter­na­tion­al recog­ni­tion as a zoo­log­i­cal insti­tu­tion. Since its foun­da­tion, more than 6 mil­lion peo­ple have vis­it­ed it – hun­dreds of thou­sands of chil­dren and young peo­ple. Again and again new attrac­tions are built for the vis­i­tors: In the Noc­tura­ma, for exam­ple, vis­i­tors can watch noc­tur­nal ani­mals in the light of a full moon night, and the Jun­gle Trek and the out­door gar­dens are a delight for young and old alike. I ful­ly acknowl­edge the work of the Bijleveld fam­i­ly over the past 30 years. A pri­vate ini­tia­tive has giv­en rise to some­thing mag­nif­i­cent, which has had a deci­sive impact on our Three-Lake region.

In recent years, as pres­i­dent of the ProPa­pil­io­ra­ma asso­ci­a­tion, togeth­er with my col­league, Dominique de Buman, pres­i­dent of the Nation­al Coun­cil 2018, I expe­ri­enced the enthu­si­asm of the Papil­io­ra­ma team to bring the vis­i­tors into clos­er con­tact to nature. To date, the Foun­da­tion has invest­ed 13 mil­lion Swiss francs in the devel­op­ment of the insti­tu­tion; the insti­tu­tion has to do with­out pub­lic funds, but it can­not sup­port larg­er invest­ments on its own. In order to con­tin­ue to be suc­cess­ful in the future, how­ev­er, these have become unavoid­able. On the one hand, the exist­ing infra­struc­ture needs to be mod­ern­ized, while on the oth­er hand the aim is to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate the rich­ness of the ecosys­tems and their numer­ous inhab­i­tants, espe­cial­ly to chil­dren and young peo­ple, and to ensure that the Papil­io­ra­ma has a sta­ble num­ber of vis­i­tors in the long term and thus a broad eco­nom­i­cal basis of its own.

11 mil­lion Swiss francs are need­ed to imple­ment this all-round sen­si­ble project. Per­son­al­ly, it is very impor­tant to me that the Papil­io­ra­ma will con­tin­ue to be suc­cess­ful in the future. So I ask you from the bot­tom of my heart for a sign of appre­ci­a­tion for this insti­tu­tion, which is unique in Switzer­land.

Thank you very much for your active inter­est.

Michel Pittet

Michel Pit­tet, Pres­i­dent of the Foun­da­tion Papil­io­ra­ma

Investing today to survive tomorrow

From the very begin­ning, Papil­io­ra­ma has been com­mit­ted to com­mu­ni­cat­ing aspects of bio­di­ver­si­ty – be it about the but­ter­fly, the Noc­tura­ma or the Jun­gle Trek. Every new project that has been added over time has focused even more on pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about bio­di­ver­si­ty and rais­ing aware­ness of its pro­tec­tion.

In order to be able to con­tin­ue ful­fill­ing its mis­sion in the future, the Papil­io­ra­ma Foun­da­tion has cre­at­ed the project «Papil­io­ra­ma 2030». We have to invest today to sur­vive tomor­row. In this process, par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will be paid to the local fau­na and flo­ra of the See­land region, through the cre­ation of liv­ing and edu­ca­tion­al nat­ur­al exhi­bi­tions.

Thanks to Papil­io­ra­ma, it is pos­si­ble to dis­cov­er very close up a num­ber of frag­ile species that can­not be seen any­where else in Switzer­land. Tens of thou­sands of chil­dren and young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies have been here in the past and let them­selves be inspired. I would like to ask you to help us to ensure that the Papil­io­ra­ma will con­tin­ue to be a place where we can all keep on dis­cov­er­ing new things. In doing so you are mak­ing a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion towards the preser­va­tion of the envi­ron­ment, the diver­si­ty of species and envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion.

Nicole Schwab

Nicole Schwab, May­or of Kerz­ers

A unique place

Kerz­ers with­out the Papil­io­ra­ma has become unimag­in­able. A unique place has been cre­at­ed here to show the rich­ness of local and glob­al bio­log­i­cal diver­si­ty. Today, the Papil­io­ra­ma is faced with the chal­lenge of hav­ing to invest in order to con­tin­ue to be suc­cess­ful tomor­row. Togeth­er with the insti­tu­tion and on behalf of the com­mune of Kerz­ers, I thank you for your inter­est and ask for your sol­i­dar­i­ty.

Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond

A life for nature conservation

Plants and ani­mals have been my life since my ear­li­est youth, they were my whole inter­est. Dur­ing my time at the gym­na­si­um I was chair­man of the Biol­o­gy Club, then inter­na­tion­al nature con­ser­va­tion came into focus, I stud­ied biol­o­gy and wrote my dis­ser­ta­tion on birds of prey. At 24, I was the youngest co-founder of WWF Hol­land. After hav­ing moved to Switzer­land with my fam­i­ly, the desire to ini­ti­ate a big liv­ing exhi­bi­tion became big­ger and big­ger. At that time, in 1986, there were hard­ly any but­ter­fly hous­es. That’s how I start­ed. Step by step, Papil­io­ra­ma devel­oped into an insti­tu­tion that has become an ambas­sador for trop­i­cal nature and bio­di­ver­si­ty.

Pepe Lienhard

Pepe Lien­hard, Band­leader

Excellent commitment

I’ve always been a big fan of ani­mals. On tour and when­ev­er I can, I vis­it zoos in the region and meet their direc­tors. It is through some ani­mal species we used to keep at home with my fam­i­ly that I came into con­tact with Papil­io­ra­ma. Its founders are clear­ly pio­neers for me, who have suc­ceed­ed in devel­op­ing their own style: Papil­io­ra­ma is cer­tain­ly small in size, but it is very spe­cial. Their com­mit­ment to nature con­ser­va­tion is real­ly excel­lent. Thus, Papil­io­ra­ma has devel­oped a niche, and occu­pies it very well. It is real­ly a lit­tle jew­el, which deserves all our sup­port.

Alex Rübel

Alex Rübel, Direc­tor Zoo Zurich

Pioneering role from zoo to nature conservation centre

Papil­io­ra­ma col­lab­o­rates extreme­ly active­ly with oth­er zoos in Switzer­land. From a zoo, it is grad­u­al­ly becom­ing a real cen­tre for the pro­tec­tion of nature and diver­si­ty, and this makes it a real pio­neer. Its com­mit­ment to nature con­ser­va­tion, whether in Switzer­land or Belize, is tru­ly exem­plary. It would be very grat­i­fy­ing for me to learn that new sup­port will allow it to con­tin­ue its devel­op­ment.

Danielle Gagnaux-Morel

Danielle Gag­naux-Morel, State Chan­cel­lor Can­ton Fri­bourg

Securing the future of Papiliorama, but also expanding it

Papil­io­ra­ma has become an essen­tial insti­tu­tion in our region, which I great­ly appre­ci­ate. Its strength is to com­bine envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion with high aes­thet­ic qual­i­ty. Dur­ing a vis­it, all the sens­es are addressed, allow­ing us to approach all the facets of fau­na and flo­ra. Not only must we ensure that Papil­io­ra­ma can per­sist, but also that it can con­tin­ue to devel­op its unique approach.

Joseph Deiss

Joseph Deiss, for­mer Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent

Steps that have become inevitable

Sev­er­al times I vis­it­ed the Papil­io­ra­ma, which is close to where I live – also with my grand­chil­dren. And each time it was an expe­ri­ence to see how the focus here ist put on one of the biggest prob­lems of our time: The preser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­si­ty and our envi­ron­ment as a whole. I am par­tic­u­lar­ly impressed by the but­ter­flies, espe­cial­ly by the secrets of their colour­ful diver­si­ty. All my good thoughts accom­pa­ny the Papil­io­ra­ma on the impor­tant steps into the future that have become inevitable. I hope that this unique place will remain an eye-open­er for as many young and old vis­i­tors as pos­si­ble.

Are you interested in the Project 2030 or do you have financing ideas?

We look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

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