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This May, the Salt Pima Maricopa-Indian Community will unveil one of North America’s largest butterfly atriums, the 10,000-square-foot Butterfly Wonderland. The pavilion will be populated with butterflies from rainforests around the world, including Costa Rica, Brazil, Africa and the Philippines.
Butterfly Wonderland is the first phase of a $170 million entertainment complex that will debut on the reservation in the coming years. The attraction will also include showcase labs where caterpillars build chrysalises and emerge as butterflies, a koi pond and an interactive water and play area for kids.
The complex, which will be completed in four phases, is also set to include the Odysea Aquarium, a 12-acre freshwater and saltwater aquarium slated to open in 2015 with shark tanks, a penguin exhibit, an underwater theater and a display of the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, phases three and four of the project will see the addition of a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the “Arizona Experience,” a combination of film and interactive elements designed to tell the story of Arizona’s history.