Fish, frogs, pythons, eagles, and elephants do it, yet poop can be one of those subjects that is hard to talk about with a straight face. However, there is a lot to learn from what animals leave behind.
The Scoop on Poop! is a traveling exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History based on the popular book of the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch. The exhibition leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it—to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, cool off, and, yes, even eat!
A blend of science and fun, The Scoop on Poop! also explores the ways veterinarians, paleontologists, field biologists, farmers, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies make use of animal waste.
The exhibit 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 its body weight, improve their Number Two 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.