Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Poo At The Zoo

Recently eaten: pad thai
Recent annoyance: peple who don't get my esoteric halloween costumes

Word! For all you scatologists out there:

The Scoop on Poop

Why an Exhibit on Poop?
Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, eagles and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects we find difficult to talk about with a straight face. Kids, however, are positively fascinated by it, and poop is interesting stuff, really! Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off - some even eat it. Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen and power companies use it too. And poop is a scientific puzzle. With a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

Exhibit Description:
The Scoop on Poop is a traveling exhibition based on the popular book by Dr. Wayne Lynch. The exhibition leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. The Scoop on Poop treats the subject with a tactful blend of good science and fun.

The Scoop on Poop features large colorful graphic panels, three-dimensional models, and fun interactive components. Visitors are invited to listen in on an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, examine fecal samples in a veterinarian’s lab, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat, see how long it takes an elephant to poop their body weight, improve their #2 IQ in stool school, and meet a dinosaur dung detective.

The Scoop on Poop was created by the exhibits department of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, a zoological institution accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Design and construction of the exhibition took over three years. This is the largest exhibition ever mounted about the science of scat.

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