When the "Scoop on Poop" exhibit drops on Zoo Miami this weekend, number two is number one for fun. That's because this exciting shit is back in our toilet water by poopular demand. The traveling exhibition, based on a hit book by Dr. Wayne Lynch, last hit the 305 in 2006. But, starting this Saturday, you'll again have the chance to dig through dung, participate in a dung beetle race, listen to animal digestive systems, and even learn foreign words for poop. Kids love that kind of shit. We asked Zoo Miami rep Cindy Castelblanco all about the Scoop on Poop. Here's what she had to say.
New Times: Whats it gonna smell like?
Cindy Castelblanco: Poop.
The whole place?
Just kidding. It's not really gonna smell like that. But we do have some samples that the kids can play with. And Ron Magill will be there holding it and showing large balls of elephant manure.
Is there hand sanitizer on tap?
Will there be chocolate snacks?
I don't know about that. But we'll have poop themed games and certain interactives that will let you explore the world of poop like dung beetle races that will allow you to push poop to the top of a mountain. You can take your picture coming out of an elephant's butt. We'll also hand out t-shirts to the first hundred guest on opening day that say "Poop Happens."
Will there be a long line for the bathroom?
We hope not.
We hear some animals use poop to build their homes? Do those animals have crappy jobs to go with their crappy house?
We hear some animals use poop to attract mates? Is it Ok to tell them their perfume smells like shit?
Yeah, that's definitely true.
We hear some animals eat their own poop. Does their breath smell like crap?
Yeah, those animals, yeah. We've all seen our home dog do that. I've personally seen my beagle do that one too many times. It's pretty gross.
What languages will kids learn to say poop in? Can we have some examples?
Yeah that's a really funny, popular, interactive. One example is caca in Spanish. It's an audio exhibit so you can hear them actually pronounce the words. They won't have bad words but all kinds of funny ways of referring to poop, that's for sure.
Has anybody found corn, a portable phone, or a remote control while examining crap?
No! I have no idea what you're talking about. But they do have this really cool game to identify who's scat it is and match it with the right animals. Like carnivore poop and herbivore. This is an exhibit that deals in a good blend of fun and science.
Will there be a game of scattegories?
No, but that's a good idea.
Is this all just a plot to make kids do the shit work for the zoo?
No! This exhibit is definitely a fun learning experience. The creators of the exhibit have done it really well and they show that poop is important in nature.
Before or after the poop exhibit, will there be a fart show?
We're not having a fart show, there's no plans for that.
Well, sometimes the fart show happens when there's not a plan for it at all.
That's very true.
See Scoop on Poop at Zoo Miami (12400 SW 152nd. St., Miami) until May 8. Open to the public everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission costs $15.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids. Call 305-251-0400 or visit zoomiami.org.
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