Team Cat, researchers from UCL and the Royal Veterinary College, invite you join them in the dissection room (and via video link) to witness a dissection of a cheetah that will reveal the remarkable anatomical features of this cat and how it compares to its other 39 feline relatives.
Over the course of the event, hear from Team Cat scientists, Professors Anjali Goswami from University College London and John Hutchinson from the Royal Veterinary College, about their innovative research on the anatomy of the cat skeleton. Find out about the techniques they’ve used to investigate the evolution of how cats- from the largest Siberian tiger to the diminutive black footed cat- move around.
Please be aware that the evening will feature footage of a dissection being conducted in real time. Because of the nature of the event (with graphic images of a cheetah dissection) it is recommended that only adults and children 16+ attend.
The event will feature the dissection and talks from the scientists from Team Cat. The dissection will be streamed live into the Great Hall, however, there are a limited number of tickets available to be in the Dissection Theatre where the dissection will take place.
In anticipation of the high demand for tickets we are splitting the event in two with three ticket types available. These will be sold on a first come first served basis:
- Ticket A - Dissection Theatre 1st Part and Great Hall 2nd Part
- Ticket B - Great Hall 1st Part and Dissection Theatre 2nd Part
- Ticket C- Great Hall parts 1 and 2- videolinked to Dissection Theatre’
You are only permitted to book one ticket type per person, if, for example you have booked Ticket A and B for one person, one of those orders will be cancelled. If you have booked a Dissection Theatre ticket you do not need to book a Great Hall ticket in addition to see the rest of the dissection on live stream.
If you have not experienced a dissection up close before, you may prefer to remain in the Great Hall before and after the interval. Alternatively, you may book a ticket which allows you to see half of the event in the Dissection Theatre.
What happens when?
The cheetah which we will examine died of unknown natural causes at a zoological institution during the last year. Part of the event will include post mortem investigation which may shed light on the cause of death.