This skeleton is the remains of a Wooly Mammoth. This animal was the largest animal to ever walk the Earth. This was appealing to me because this was a mammal, just like humans, but was so grande and walked the Earth before humans were even existing. The size of this exhibit is what truly captured my attention. The extremely large size of this taught me about the diversity of living beings.
Leopold believes that it is vital for us humans to "love, respect, and admire the land", but I question to what extent this is valid. I believe that we should value nature where it exists, but is it ethical to hold animals captive in an environment for human admiration? Yes, these exhibits help us appreciate natural lives other than our own, but I do believe that these animals should live in their natural habitats; rather than environments created for them by humans for entertainment, admiration, and compensation.
Nature is mysterious. The depths of the ocean are more grande than the heights of the tallest mountains. Within these depths of the ocean, there are infinite organisms and species that we, humans, are not even aware of their existence. Organisms existing before the existence of humans are also a mystery to us. However, there are fossils that let us estimate what the lives of these organisms were like before our very existence. This fossil is a Titanis walleri, and is represented as a "terror bird". Imagine what life would be like if birds like these tormented us during our existence. However, they were extinct before the existence of humans.