A museum in London is throwing caution to the wind for an exhibition on sex in the animal kingdom complete with copulating chimps and randy rabbits — just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“Sexual Nature” at the Natural History Museum explores the diverse ways in which animals have evolved to procreate, such as a snail’s love darts, the detachable penis of the paper nautilus, or the outsized testes of the promiscuous chimp.
The exhibition, which opens on Friday, also looks at human sexual behaviour in the context of other species. This exhibition is about the relationship between sex and evolution and the bizarre, surprising adaptations that animals have evolved to procreate as much as possible.
The exhibition, which because of its content is aimed at the over-16s, shows the seduction techniques deployed by different species and the thorny issues of sexual selection and male-female power battles.
One of the chief exhibits is Guy the Gorilla, London Zoo’s most famous post-war resident. Now stuffed, he exemplifies the kind of massive primate who would run a harem of women, chase off rivals, yet display a gentle side too.
“This is an opportunity for people to re-examine themselves, to look at what we all have to do to survive, which is reproduce,” he told AFP.