Calgarians looking for a fun but safe way to spend the weekend will be happy to hear that Telus Spark is reopening to the public on Saturday, July 11.
While there are some new rules related to the pandemic, visitors will be able to see Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out, which has extended its run in the city after the pandemic caused the space to close.
Described as an anatomical safari exploring a variety of animals from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, it’s a wild look into the inner workings of some of the world’s creatures.
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Animal Inside Out features over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel. Visitors will be able to check out what’s under the skin of some spectacular animals and determine what makes us the same — and different.
One of the most remarkable sights is a dissected giraffe standing at full height.
All tickets will be timed, including for members, and the facility has reduced admission, as some of its galleries will be closed. Check online for times and ticket options.
Like the human specimens in the other Body Worlds displays, the animals have been preserved through a process called “plastination,” which was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, a German anatomist, in the 1970s.
The process involves the removal of soluble fat and water from the body that’s then replaced with some type of reactive polymer, such as silicone rubber.
The result is a perfectly preserved body that allows detailed extraction, display and examination of the muscles, bones, digestive system, blood vessels, nervous system, and internal organs of many types of creatures.
It’s worth noting that none of the animals died specifically for the exhibit and all the specimens were obtained through various university veterinary programs, zoos, and animal groups.
With files from Chandler Walter