Visitors to the Milwaukee County Zoo this summer will have a unique chance to get an inside look at the body systems that make animals jump, swim, fly and move.

The “Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out” exhibit will open Saturday, May 6 at the zoo.

The exhibit will showcase the physiology of more than 100 animals, including their skeletal foundations, muscle and other soft tissues, nervous system, as well as how they breathe, eat and reproduce.

Each of the specimens has been preserved through the process of plastination, which was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the creator of Body Worlds.

“We thought the display would be a natural fit for the Milwaukee County Zoo, as guests can see the animals in their naturalistic habitats in our collection, and then get an up-close look at their physiology,” said Jennifer Diliberti-Shea, Milwaukee County Zoo public relations coordinator.

Visitors will discover how animals use specially-designed adaptations to survive in their environments, and also how animal groups appearing vastly different from one another actually have many anatomical similarities.

The Milwaukee County Zoo will be the first in North America to host the exhibit.

Diliberti-Shea said it’s hoped that visitors will see the many similarities between humans and animals — leading to an appreciation and respect for all animals.  She said no animals were harmed or killed for the exhibit.

The exhibit will run through Sept. 4. It is designed for all ages.

WHAT: Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out exhibit

WHEN: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 6 through Sept. 4

WHERE: Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building, Milwaukee County Zoo

MORE INFO: Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3 to 12) after regular zoo admission. For more information visit

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