Xtreme BUGS is an exhibit of 20 giant animatronic bugs that are staged in larger than life habitats including “a dewy rainforest floor, the expanse of sub-Saharan Africa, a gentle meadow, and a boggy burrow”. The exhibit allows viewers to experience the small world of insects. The latest stop is the Clinton Center, a combination museum/events center/presidential library in Little Rock, AR. The billing for the event states:
“Xtreme BUGS” explores the science of survival and the many ways bugs rely on mass populations to serve their needs. The immersive experience will introduce visitors to the extreme nature of bugs that we may not often consider. By exploring why bugs look and behave as they do, this exhibit offers a new way of seeing the tiny creatures we often consider pests.
The exhibit brought this praise for social insects and the value of cooperation from former President Bill Clinton:
According to the Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E.O. Wilson, ants, termites, bees, and people are among the most successful species on earth because they are the greatest cooperators. Insects are a window into how our world works, and show us how species thrive through cooperation – whether a colony of ants, or a community of people working together to make the world a better place.
One mission of the Clinton center is science education for children. The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany “Xtreme BUGS”. School groups can make reservations for free tours at no cost.