Valley of the Critters
Besides having two terrific zoos in the region (The Zoo in Forest Park and Lupa Zoo), there are some unexpected treasures to be found for those who want to see some interesting animals up close and personal. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens boasts an 8,000 square foot indoor tropical environment that's home to 4,000 exotic butterflies. It's especially welcoming in those cold months of winter, when visitors will feel as if they've landed in the middle of the tropics! More than 100 of the finest, show-quality alpacas can be found at the family-owned Maple Brook Farm in Westfield grazing alongside the stream or resting in the shade. Visitors are welcome to come and learn about these exotic and popular animals.
The Zoo in Forest Park
P. O. Box 80295, Springfield, MA 01138
545 West St., Ludlow, MA 01056
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
281 Greenfield Rd., S. Deerfield, MA 01373