Spotlight: Uli Hartmond

Uli has been the director of our Butterfly House & Insectarium for the past six years. He and his five staff and 20 volunteers handle anything that has to do with making Magic Wings and the Insectarium beautiful. His job is a lot like mine: he has to mange the budget, coordinate staff, interact with guests, and step in whenever the horticulturalists and entomologists need a hand.
Uli, like Keeper Larry, has spent many years in the world of academia. He grew up and studied in Germany, earning a PhD in Agricultural Engineering and Plant Sciences. His work in tropical horticultural research took him to India, West Africa and Florida between 1987 and 2000. He has worked at both UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Florida.

Uli coordinates the Butterfly Bash. A great event for insect and plant lovers. This year it is happening on April 18th. Click here to learn more about it.

Uli’s work is not just confined to the big glass building. He helps with grounds everywhere. In the photo he is pruning the trees in Carolina Wildlife. Every year I ask him to come and help us out, and he always obliges with a smile on his face. Years ago, after a huge snow storm dumped about a foot and a half of snow in Durham, Uli came in and shoveled out the entire goat and donkey yard, and more in the Farmyard. Without Uli’s help the animals would have been confined to their stalls unable to walk through the snow.

That’s just the way Uli is: ready and willing to do what is needed!

2 responses to Spotlight: Uli Hartmond

  1. Hello,

    I am a biology teacher that holds summer camps for middleschool age kids. One of the themes this summer is Rainforests/Tropical Ecology. We would love to plan a field trip to the butterfly house and were wondering if any of your staff will be there to educate us on the different species of tropical insects and plants. We would also love to see where you raise the imported larvae and chrysalis. Would this be possible?

    Thank you for your time,

    • Sherry Samuels says:

      Call our reservations department Carrie, extension 313, to see about setting up a program.

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