Astounding animal specimens added to exhibition inside Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME
ST. LOUIS, — December 11, 2007 The record-breaking exhibition BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center will unveil a striking animal plastinate duo, The Camel with Baby Camel on Thursday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. with the assistance of its Forest Park neighbor, The Saint Louis Zoo.
Visitors will marvel at the unique anatomy of a camel and its calf, and learn about the uses for the humps on the camel’s back in which fat is stored. This stored fat can be broken down to supply both energy and water, which in turn makes it possible for camels to go without food or water for several days or even weeks. When these fatty reserves are broken down, the humps will shrink, causing them to fall over to one side.
“This striking pair of desert animals gives our visitors a true ‘inside look’ at the adaptive structure of these magnificent creatures,” said Doug King, President & CEO of the Science Center. “We can all marvel at Nature’s way of matching species and habitats through design.”
“Animals in the exhibit provide a platform to compare our own bodies to theirs, so that we can see how similar we actually are and how equally beautiful animals are,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer of the exhibition.
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination-von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.
The Saint Louis Science Center is extending the hours of BODY WORLDS 3 on certain dates during the busy holiday season to accommodate as many visitors as possible, staying open until 9:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec 26th (last ticketed entry at 8 p.m.) and opening early on Sun., December 30 at 9 a.m. Tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314.421.4400. Member-discounted tickets can be purchased at slsc.org or by calling 314.289.4464. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available. For full ticket information, visit slsc.org
About BODY WORLDS 3
BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors-individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.com.
About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit http://slsc.org