Edmonton

Telus World of Science

Edmonton

Travel on an Anatomical Safari

Explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition by BODY WORLDS creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT takes visitors on an anatomical safari of more than 100 specimens. Each animal is painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr. von Hagens.

From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. Animal biology textbooks spring to life in this unforgettable museum learning experience.

The exhibition explores:

Skeletal foundations: From tiny insects to full-grown mammals, most animals have a skeleton of some sort, whether it is an endoskeleton which humans have or the exoskeleton of insects and crustaceans.

Muscles, tendons and ligaments: From the large running and leaping muscles of a reindeer to the specialized muscles of a bull’s heart pumping blood and nutrients around the body, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT reveals how most animals have muscles.

Internal circuit of the nervous system: The nervous system is a vast and complex network connecting the brain, the spinal cord and all parts of the body, channeling a constant flow of data and sending out commands. The nerve fibers that carry this vital information can be finer than a human hair and are invisible to the naked eye.

The birds and the bees: After feeding, reproduction is the most essential of all an animal’s activities, and evolution has developed a vast number of different ways for animals to reproduce.

Breathing and eating: The lungs and digestive tracts of animals, such as the reindeer, reveal the intricate detail of some of the major organs in the body, many of the characteristics of which we share with them.

Wildlife conservation and Preservation: By learning how similar animals and humans are visitors will be able to gain a new appreciation for the importance of animal welfare.


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TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
11211 142 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 4A1
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From the Amazon to the Arctic and the Congo Basin to the Coral Triangle, animal populations are disappearing at an alarming rate and are facing the risk of becoming extinct. As of today, approximately 1,300 species are classified as “endangered” or “threatened”.

Among the most critically endangered are tigers, rhinos, gorillas and marine turtles. Humans are largely responsible. Construction of homes, buildings, and strain on natural resources for food, clothing, fuel and all the stuff we consume; and the waste we produce – contribute to the main causes of species loss:

  • Water, air and ground pollution
  • Habitat destruction
  • Unsustainable trade
  • Bycatch and irresponsible fishing
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species, species introduced by humans
  • Human encroachment into natural habitats
  • Poaching

When a species is listed as endangered or threatened, it is not a death sentence. Conservation can be helped with everyday choices. Urging government officials to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and to take a strong stand to protect endangered animals and their habitats is essential. Choosing responsibly farmed seafood and paper products are other ways to help.

Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honored to be able to conserve and present the  biological wonders of nature featured in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between human and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals

 

We offer free educational material for students, teachers and parents. For more information on how to prepare the visit with children and pupils please check our exhibition guide and kid safari

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What is the purpose of the animal exhibition?

The purpose of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is to inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for the animal kingdom. The exhibition will allow visitors the unique opportunity to explore the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures, through the amazing science of Plastination. A visit to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will go beyond what is seen in zoos, aquariums and animal parks. Visitors will be better able to understand the inner workings of animals and compare them to human anatomy, resulting in a new understanding of the amazing beauty of both animals and humans.

Is the animal exhibition appropriate for children?

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT was designed for visitors of all ages to better understand animal anatomy. Children and adults will be delighted when they discover curiosities about animals – like the reason why reindeers can navigate icy ground, what the giraffe's tongue is capable of, and why bulls have such strength. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see and learn about animals like never before.

What is Plastination?

Invented by scientist and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, Plastination is the groundbreaking method of halting decomposition to preserve anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. The process involves extracting all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat or certain gases, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence.

Where did the animals on display come from?

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is made possible through cooperation between various university veterinary programs, zoos, private donations and animal organizations. No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition.
Among the animals in the exhibition, are human specimens, originating from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. The generosity of these individual donors has made it possible to present human specimens in this and all of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honored to be able to conserve and present these biological wonders of nature for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between humans and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals.

Where have the animal plastinates been shown before?

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is made possible through cooperation between various university veterinary programs, zoos, private donations and animal organizations. No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition.
Among the animals in the exhibition, are human specimens, originating from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. The generosity of these individual donors has made it possible to present human specimens in this and all of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honored to be able to conserve and present these biological wonders of nature for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between humans and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals.

What will be the subsequent exhibition locations?

There are two versions of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, the exhibitions will continue touring zoos, museums and science centers. Please check the Exhibition tab for updates on future locations.

How long will I need to fully appreciate the exhibition?

This comprehensive exhibition includes detailed information on the specimens shown and further explorations of the animal kingdom. Average duration of a visit to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is one hour. Guests are welcome to remain in the exhibition as long as they wish, within opening hours. 

Can I take photographs or film in the exhibitions?

Normally small hand held devices are allowed, please check with the location you are visiting about any restrictions. Accredited members of the media should register with the venue for press access. 

Animals have fascinated me all my life

Gunther von Hagens

“As a child, I was enthralled by the small animals I encountered in the woods. The first specimens I dissected were beetles, frogs, and other small animal corpses that my friend, I found in the woods. These deaths shaped my thoughts on mortality, preparing me psychologically for my career as an anatomist.

Nowadays, in an accelerated technological age, when our environments are fashioned from steel and concrete, being in close proximity to animals—both domestic and wild—return us to authenticity. Outside of the rainforests and flora, they and we are the last remaining pieces of nature. They are our co-habitants on this spinning blue globe. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, is both a celebration and an homage to animals both familiar and rare.”

 

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