Visit the Zoo


Sponsored by

Sendik's Food Markets

Open Wednesday to Sunday through April 15, 2018
Wednesday-Friday:  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  $5

BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUTIf you’ve been to the BODY WORLDS exhibition at the Milwaukee Public Museum, you may have heard the name of Dr. Gunther von Hagens. When he was a child, he was fascinated by beetles, frogs and other small creatures that he came across in the woods that surrounded his home. This fascination inspired him to travel the globe to explore nature and wildlife.

Von Hagens is the mastermind behind the Zoo’s summer exhibit, BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets. Beginning on May 6, this limited-time summer exhibit aims to offer new knowledge about animals. The exhibition, the first of its kind at any zoo in the country, is designed for visitors of all ages, allowing everyone to discover the adaptations, environments and anatomical similarities of animals by giving us a whole new view of wildlife. Before your visit, here are a few things to expect:

  1. Gain new knowledge of animal trivia: From goats to giraffes, bulls to birds and octopuses to ostriches, you will discover the form and function of animals large and small. You will also discover interesting facts about animals – like what the giraffe’s tongue is capable of and how ostrich hearts pump blood up their long necks.
  2. See the science of Plastination up close: In 1977, Dr. von Hagens invented Plastination. This is a process that stops decomposition in order to preserve human and animal specimens through a precise scientific process of curing, or hardening. A hundred animal specimens are showcased to show the skeleton of a goat, the circulatory system of a horse’s head, the musculature of a bull and much more. No animals were harmed or killed for this exhibition, which is made possible through donations and the cooperation of numerous university veterinary programs, zoos and animal groups.
  3. Learn about harsh weather survival: See for yourself how animals navigate, survive and thrive in the world’s extreme climates, including chilly Wisconsin winters. Learn how the reindeer navigates icy ground and how it has adapted to the extremely cold environment it inhabits.
  4. Marvel at the inner beauty of animals and yourself: All of the wild, exotic, domestic and familiar animals on display offer a glimpse into the biology and diversity on our planet and deeper insights into our own place on earth. While our own bodies are capable of some pretty amazing feats, all animals have their own characteristics and skills that make them unique.

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