Nature On Display
What was particularly appealing to me when exploring the butterfly exhibit was the knowledge I learned about butterflies through various signs planted there. One fact I learned was that butterflies don't only drink nectar and sometimes eat decomposing animals for nutrition. Another fact I learned is the unique courtship ritual that butterflies go through before they mate. What caught my eyes about this exhibit was that although the signs were manmade, their coloring and placement blended in with the surroundings extremely well. They used mostly green and are placed within the various flora of the exhibit. So because of this realistic simulation, I was able to learn about butterflies by experiencing it hands on, rather than just through something such as a textbook. This experience became a lot more meaningful and I personally felt more involved as a result.
Nature and Ethics
The Butterfly Rainforest at The Florida Museum of Natural History did allow a very unique way to experience nature. The exhibit creates an environment that makes visitors feel as if they were a part of the ecosystem. Including the butterflies, it seems that any living organism there is not afraid to get close to any of the visitors. The fact that so many close up pictures all visitors are able to take shows that these living creatures feel secure in their habitat, even when guests visit. After exiting the rainforest, there are various exhibits that tries to promote the preservation of the butterflies and their habitats. The experience that the rainforest provides gives us more the reason to help.