NATURE ON DISPLAY
The butterfly exhibit was one of the most interesting and fun exhibits I have visited in my life. I am from South Florida and did not live too far from Butterfly World. This is somewhat of a zoo that is basically a bigger version of the Butterfly Rainforest. However, I had not been there in many years. The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit was a nice way to revisit those childhood memories.
Overall, the exhibit did an amazing job of putting the butterflies on display. When you first walk into the exhibit, there is a huge wall of cases of preserved butterflies. There are hundreds of different species of butterflies and similar animals covering the entire wall. This display really grabbed my attention by showing me many new species of butterflies that I had never seen before. After viewing the wall, I was able to go outside and see many of these butterflies alive and in action. There were several different types of butterflies ranging from small to quite large. The colors and patterns of the butterflies were truly magnificent to see up close. Although Butterfly World was bigger than the Butterfly Rainforest, it had nowhere near the range of species that I saw during my trip. This trip truly opened my eyes to the beauty and diversity of butterflies in their natural habitat.
NATURE AND ETHICS
I am a huge supporter of looking at human beings as a member of the “biotic community” rather than as “conquerors of the land.” While I was in high school, I was doing a lot of research on preserving butterfly species and making fuel from algae. Both of these research projects’ main focus was on how to use the environment to help ourselves while helping it as well.
While walking through the exhibit, because of my past research, I understood the delicacy of the species held within. Many people do not understand how destructive humans are to the environment. Sticking with the butterfly theme, deforestation is destroying these species at a rapid rate. Even the beloved Monarch is now a threatened species. I hope that everyone who walks through the exhibit and understands its true purpose and will try to live a life more considerate of the environment.