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BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT

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May 6-September 4, 2017

DATES EXTENDED!
Beginning September 6 – Open Wednesday to Sunday, through November 12


BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT

Located in the Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building

Cost:  $5
Tickets may be purchased online through the Zoo’s website.

Go Beneath the Surface of Nature’s Most Incredible Creatures!

Discover the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures – both large and small – in this fascinating new exhibition by creator of BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT takes visitors on an “anatomical safari” inside more than 100 specimens—each one painstakingly preserved through the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr. von Hagens.  From goats to giraffes, to bulls and birds and octopuses to ostriches, the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar are revealed.  Animal biology textbooks come to life in this unforgettable learning experience.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to be the first zoo in North America to host the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition, which explores the most amazing aspects of animal physiology, including skeletal foundations, muscle and other soft tissues, the incredible circuit of the nervous system and how animals breathe, eat and reproduce—as well as issues of conservation and preservation of wildlife. 

Featured Specimens & Exhibit Creators

BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT
The Bull
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The Filly
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The Octopus
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The Ostrich
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The Bull
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The Bactrian
Camel
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The Giraffe
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Drs. von Hagens & Whalley


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Plastination?

Plastination, invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, is a process that stops decomposition to preserve human and animal specimens for scientific and medical education.  It involves extracting the bodily fluids from specimens and replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive polymers, for example, silicone rubber.  Finally, the specimens go through a curing (or hardening) phase using light, heat or gases to give the specimens permanence.

Dissection and Plastination of an entire body requires about 1,500 working hours and typically takes about one year to complete.

Who is Dr. Gunther von Hagens?

As a child, Dr. von Hagens was captivated by the beetles, frogs and other small animals that he encountered in the woods around his home. His younger years were filled with an awe for nature and the varieties of life that populated it.  He later became fascinated by electronics and space, yet continued to frequent zoos and aquariums.  Dr. von Hagens eventually travelled everywhere from Africa to Antarctica in order to get up close to the creatures that had always captured his childhood imagination.

After finishing medical school and while teaching at the University of Heidelberg in 1977 Dr. von Hagens invented Plastination.  He created the BODY WORLDS anatomical exhibitions in 1995, and after their success and recognizing public interest in animal anatomy he began to plastinate a collection of large animal specimens, which led him to create ANIMAL INSIDE OUT.

From the Exhibit Creator:

“In an accelerated technological age, when our environments are fashioned from steel and concrete, being in close proximity to animals — both domestic and wild — returns us to authenticity.  Outside of the rainforests and flora, they and we are the last remaining pieces of nature.  This exhibition, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, is both a celebration and a homage to our co-habitants on this spinning blue globe.” – Dr. von Hagens

What will visitors learn from this exhibit?

BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is designed for visitors of all ages.  Through this exhibit, visitors will discover how a variety of animals use specific adaptations to survive in their environments.  The exhibit also illustrates that animal groups appearing vastly different from one another actually have many anatomical similarities.  Finally, visitors will learn the importance of understanding anatomy to discovering more about the evolution of living organisms and the natural world.

Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between humans and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals — particularly with regard to endangered species, their threats and what can be done to protect them from extinction.

Where did the animals in the exhibit come from?

The ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibit is made possible through the cooperation between and donations from numerous university veterinary programs, zoos and animal groups.  No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition.  Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley are honored to be able to conserve and present the biological wonders of nature featured in this exhibit for anatomical study.

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