Tropical World at Alcorn’s opened its doors to the public in April 2011. It had been an ambition of founder and now director Clive Alcorn to bring a tropical butterfly house to Donegal after having visited Butterfly Farm in Stratford upon Avon, England with his wife about 6 years ago.
During these 6 years ideas for this new project grew in Clive’s mind and eventually back in October 2010 work started on erecting a large glass house that would eventually be called Tropical World and become home to a wide range of fascinating plants and animals.
With the deadline set for opening Clive brought on board a local girl called Tanya Jacob to help him set the business up.
Having studied science at college Tanya had no background experience of this kind of work, but agreed to give it a go! Over the following months and years Tanya has gained experience by spending some time in Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm, working in the bird section of Edinburgh Zoo and is currently studying for a Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals through Sparsholt College in Southampton.
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