The botanical garden in Mumbai’s only zoo, Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan in Byculla, now has Mumbai’s first butterfly garden. The idea for a botanical garden stemmed from an aim to increase the biodiversity within the zoo’s 53-scre green space.
Both shrubs and trees are needed for butterflies to lay eggs and complete their life cycle. Hence, 50 shrubs and herbs of different species, including the Jamaican blue spike, plumbago, lantana and periwinkle have been planted to attract the butterflies. Information boards with details about plant and butterfly species have been placed around the garden to provide additional information. There are over 18,000 species of butterflies worldwide, of which 1,500 are found in the Indian subcontinent.