Did you know that Phasmids (stick insects) in Florida remain attached for five months after copulation and sex in rabbits lasts less than a minute?
The exibition uncovers the diversity of methods exploited in seduction and reproduction in nature. The exhibition contains frank information and imagery about sex.
Sexy beasts, seduction in the animal world from October 23, 2012 to August 25, 2013 at the Palais de la Découverte de París,invites the public to discover in a playful and quirky way the diversity of seduction methods and reproduction in the animal and plant world.
In the animal kingdom it is up to the males to seduce females. So, according to scientists, is why the bodies of males are usually more colourful.
The aim of it all is reproduction. To achieve this, akes of many species are willing to physically fight. Some have powerful weapons, like the horns of the deer. The loser can lose everything, even their lives.
After having sex, some animals want to ensure that they will be the only ones to copulate. The sea urchin sperm, for example, forms a natural cover the female’s vagina to prevent other males to get too close to her. So, is more likely to have babies.
During intercourse, the muscles of the red fox, for example, constricts and immobilizes the male penis for more than an hour. Therefore, both get stuck and waiting.
Homosexuality has been observed in some 450 species of the animal world. Baboons, for example, mate often, without regard to age or sex of playmates. Scientists think that sexual activity has a calming effect on the company that has a very low level of aggression.
There are practices in animals that can surprise us and some are even penalized in our society, such as forced sex. The striped snake strangles to force females to copulate.
Few animals are monogamous. And often, if they are, is because they don’t have the opportunity to cheat on their partner, for example, because they live far from the other specimens of their kind. This is the case of most birds.
Gift giving is common among animals, often it is food. And among human beings too. Some studies claim that men and women seek partners with resources. If so, we seem more animals more than we would like to think.
The exhibition, which was elaborated by the searchers and the conservators of the Natural History Museum in London, is as amusing as it is well documented. It includes a large number of videos, about a hundred stuffed animal specimens and several short films produced by Isabella Rossellini on the strategies set up by animals in order to breed.
There are many surprises along the course, which deciphers the relationship between sex, evolution and the unexpected adaptations animals have found to achieve their aims.