SF Zoo 'Scoop on Poop' exhibit opens Saturday

January 24, 2014 5:19:11 PM PST
A new exhibit opening Saturday at the San Francisco Zoo might leave people with a bad smell.

It's called "The Scoop on Poop" and it was inspired by the popular children's book of the same name.

Visitors can do fun things like touch fossilized dinosaur droppings or see dung beetles in action. They can also see how animals use poop as their own social media app to communicate with each other.

"They actually poop in the same spot and they communicate through hormones and pheromones of what they are, their sexual availability, who's in town and all those kinds of stuff," explained San Francisco Zoo VP of Conservation and Education Joe Fitting.

If you're squeamish about poop, there's no reason to worry. There aren't any fresh samples on display -- but the rhinos next door do provide a fitting aroma for the exhibit.


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