The Zoo’s New ‘Animal Inside Out’ Exhibit is an Anatomical Safari

Investigate the inner workings of animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo this summer.

Go inside the skins of specimens this summer at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s new exhibit Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out. Milwaukee is the first zoo in the country to host the exhibit, which uses the process of Plastination to preserve and exhibit over 100 specimens. Plastination, a year-long process (that’s 1,500 working hours) invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, takes the concept of biology beyond traditional science class.

Plastinates in the world premier of Body Worlds Animals Inside Out at The Museum Of Science and Industry Chicago
Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Zoo

Animals examined include camels, giraffes, octopuses, ostriches and more. Through the exploration of skeletal foundations, muscles and soft tissues, nervous systems and reproduction, visitors have the opportunity to compare and contrast species. Ultimately, according to Dr. von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of Animal Inside Out, visitors will gain a bit of respect for the creatures that roam the planet after the exhibit reveals the many similarities between human beings and our animal brethren. Together, Drs. von Hagens and Whalley created Animal Inside Out with donations from university veterinary programs, zoos and animal groups.

Adults and children alike can look inside the bodies of zoo animals May 6 through September 4 to understand how animals adapt to and survive in the environments they inhabit. The exhibition is located in the Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building at the Milwaukee County Zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children, ages three to twelve. Animals Inside Out is sponsored by Sendiks Food Markets.