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Learn How Animals See the World at Vision at the Zoo

Madison, Wisconsin  - A walking stick has an impressive visual system that allows it to adapt to dim-lighting conditions, and pythons don't have eyelids.


The community can learn more about how these and other animals see the world during "Vision at the Zoo," 9:30 to 11:30am Saturday, June 18.


The UW Eye Research Institute (ERI) and the Henry Vilas Zoo present this free educational event at the Henry Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. An optional continental breakfast will be served following the event.


"Vision at the Zoo" is free thanks to a generous gift in memory of Anne Reck, but registration is required.  All donations will go to the Zoo Fund for Animal Vision Health.


"Studies of animal vision help us to understand our own visual system," said Dr. Nansi Colley, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "It also helps us to understand how animals interact with their environment and how nature works."


This year's event will focus on the special vision-related characteristics of a hedgehog, python and walking stick. Zoo staff and ERI members Dr. Dick Dubielzig, a veterinary pathologist, and Dr. Gillian McLellan, both at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, will explain the vision facts of these unique species.


Registration is limited to the first 90 adults and children. To register, call (608) 265-4023 or email


The UW Eye Research Institute brings together vision scientists and scholars from all ends of campus. The Vision at the Zoo event is one way the ERI supports vision health in the community.


"Learning about the eyes of other animals is not only fascinating and fun," said Dr. Dan Albert, ERI director, "but it can also have important applications in understanding the human eye and its diseases."

Date Published: 06/03/2011

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Last updated: 06/03/2011
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