Created by La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in partnership with Le Musée de la civilization and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Cats & Dogs is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to these animals.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Cats & Dogs and experience the exciting features of the exhibit.
The exhibition reviews everything we know scientifically, sociologically and culturally about both canines and felines.
The science of animal behaviour has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, overturning a number of preconceived ideas about cats and dogs regarding how they demonstrate their skills, awareness and intelligence every day.
Visitors will discover the wide range of canine and feline body shapes, observe their characteristics and be able to compare their own physical skills with the animals’ skills.
For example, you can measure your ability to jump like a dog at one of the installations.
See how you measure up in an agility slalom like how the Superdogs do it.
FUN FACTS you’ll learn at Cats & Dogs
- Cats and dogs communicate through olfactory, tactile, vocal, visual and even body signals, illustrating how these animals are surprisingly talkative for creatures that cannot speak!
- Cats and dogs CAN get along with one another.
- Small dogs are NOT the most vicious dogs.
- Unfortunately, cats do NOT always land on their feet.
- A couple of unneutered cats can create more than 15,000 descendants in only 5 years!
Cats & Dogs transport visitors into our communal living spaces to explore relationships between humans and animals and examines the role dogs and cats play in our culture and imagination.
Science World is also playing its feature OMNIMAX film, Superpower Dogs which follows six real-life working dogs from around the world, as well as their human partners, as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs.
Cats & Dogs is included in the General Admission to Science World and is on until January 5, 2010. For tickets and more information, visit www.scienceworld.ca/cats-dogs