Monarch Butterfly Center
The Monarch butterfly draws thousands of tourists to Mexico each winter to view the beautiful black and orange insect. Recently, a new conservation center was opened in Angangueo, a small town in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan, reports China.org.cn. The center is needed because only about a quarter of the monarch butterfly population survives today. Deforestation is the leading cause for the monarch butterfly population decrease.
President Felipe Calderon, speaking at the conservation center’s opening, commented on the thousands of visitors who view the monarch butterfly every year and contribute positive economic benefits to the Mexican economy.
If you go to Angangueo, you might also want to hike into the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary which is located 6 kilometers from the village. Renée Huang visited the Sanctuary, and wrote a wonderful travel article about it for Road & Travel Magazine.