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Amazing Animals: Built to Survive traveling exhibition and Build It! Nature DIY Makerspace put Earth's natural wonders in the summer spotlight at Perot Museum of Nature and Science


Taylor McDonnell
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Discover a shrimp that can punch with the force of a bullet, chicken eggs that can withstand 90 pounds of pressure, and learn why nature continues to inspire the latest human innovations;
plus explore the secrets of nature’s architecture through a design and build makerspace 

DALLAS (May 27, 2015) –
Imagine jaws that can crush over 8,000 pounds in one bite, spider webs that are stronger than steel, ears that act as air conditioners, and legs that leap the human equivalent of a football field in a single bound. From the inside out, every living thing – including humans – is a machine built to survive, move and discover. Investigate the marvels of natural engineering in Amazing Animals: Built to Survive, the bilingual traveling exhibition making a stop at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science June 13 - Sept. 7, 2015. (Member preview days are June 11 and 12.) Also, take the biomechanics lessons learned in Amazing Animals and apply them in inventive ways at the DIY makerspace exhibition Build It! Nature running June 19 - Aug. 16, 2015.

Presented by Highland Capital Management and supported by Texas Instruments, Amazing Animals: Built to Survive goes deep inside the remarkable workings of nature to reveal how all species have evolved specialized ways of acclimating to the world around them. With so many external forces – including wind, water, extreme forces and gravity – constantly at work to pull life apart, it’s a wonder how all species have evolved the “right tools for the job.” For example, trees, feathers and even bones are all made up of both hard matrix materials and flexible fibers that allow them to bend and be strong at the same time.

Explore how plants and animals stay in one piece despite the crushing forces of gravity, the pressure of water and wind, and the attacks of predators. Using surprising tactics, creatures endure the planet’s extreme temperatures, find food against fierce competition, and – without metal, motors or electricity – circulate their own life-sustaining fluids. Discover how a Venus Flytrap detects its next meal, step in front of a thermal camera to witness how the human body stores heat and study the many different ways creatures jump, gallop, slither and swim. And learn how technological breakthroughs – such as Velcro, prosthetic limbs, wind turbines and chainsaws – were inspired by nature.

“Some of our greatest illustrations of science can be found within nature and the animal kingdom,” said Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum. “With nearly 100 specimens and replications, touchable life-like models, interactive displays, videos and more, Amazing Animals shows not only how species have adapted to the ever-changing world but how humans have used the ingenuity of nature to inspire all sorts of clever inventions.”

Unearth some of nature’s most impressive ”built-in equipment” through seven themed interactive areas spanning 7,500 square feet and featuring a surprising supply of pumps, radiators, insulation
, motors, springs and intelligence-gathering devices. Touch heart models of a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish, and actually “pump” an interactive simulated heart to learn why giraffes have much higher blood pressure than humans. In the jaws and claws gallery, discover the intense grip of a chimpanzee, the tremendous strength of the Harpy Eagle (strong enough to carry off monkeys!) and the powerful punch of the psychedelic-looking Mantis Shrimp that can crack open clam shells with the speed of a bullet (and even break an aquarium!). Other highlights include MABEL, a two-legged robot that mimics the way humans walk and can even recover from a stumble, and the chance for guests to “fly” by strapping on and testing different wing shapes.

“We’re proud to partner with the Perot Museum to help launch this first-rate exhibit,” said James Dondero, president of Highland Capital Management. “This exhibit will be a must-see for families this summer.”

This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago, in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with generous support provided by The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and ITW. Amazing Animals: Built to Survive requires a surcharge for Museum members and requires a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission for non-members.

Head right next door to continue the animal adventure with a stop at the Build It! Nature temporary exhibition, which runs June 19 - Aug. 16, 2015. Build It! Nature, presented by Neiman Marcus, gives families a chance to engineer and design their way through a variety of nature-inspired creative stations. Assemble small sculptures to be displayed in an ever-changing honeycomb, “catch the wind” by testing the aerodynamics of various wing shapes and design an animal-themed car to compete against others on a 30-foot racetrack. The imagination playground rounds out the experience by inviting guests to construct their own prehistoric creatures and become a favorite animal through artistic mask creation. Projects are available on a first-come, first-served basis and designed with guests age 7 and older in mind. Member preview day is June 18 with public opening on June 19. The exhibition will be on display in the auditorium on the Museum’s Lower Level. Build It! Nature requires a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission.

TICKET AND GENERAL INFORMATION. Amazing Animals: Built to Survive requires a surcharge for non-members along with purchase of Museum general admission for a total admission cost of $24 for adults (18-64), $17 for youth (2-17), and $18 for seniors (65+). Member tickets are $5 for adults (18-64) and $4 for youth (2-17) and seniors (65+). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.

Build It! Nature requires a surcharge, along with Museum general admission, of $5 for non-members of all ages. Museum members of all ages pay a surcharge of $3. General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.

Museum general admission ticket prices are $17 for adults (18-64), $12 for seniors (65+), $11 for youth (2-17), and free for children under 2. Museum general admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $6 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are free. And take advantage of special late afternoon pricing from 4 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday (May 26 - Sept. 4), when Museum general admission is only $10, including First Thursday Late Nights (June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, when the Museum stays open until 9 p.m.).

PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and Hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $8 per car when paid on-site and $3 for Museum members.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit or call 214-428-5555.

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About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. A top destination for North Texans and tourists alike, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.  Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through breathtaking collections, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays that expose visitors to a hands-on world of ideas and concepts.  Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park Museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit