We can learn if an animal is getting enough nutrients in its diet or if it’s not getting enough water.
Apple Valley, MN (PRWEB) April 29, 2010
Do you know what cow poop looks like? Can you tell the difference between goat and chicken poop? Find out by playing the Minnesota Zoo’s new online game, “Who Pooped at the Farm?” at whopooped.org.
After the success of the 2009 “Who Pooped on the African Savanna?” the Zoo created a second game to showcase its domestic animals at the Wells Fargo Family Farm and in celebration of the Zoo’s “Year of the Farm” promotion.
Who Pooped? Game
“Who Pooped?” enables gamers to explore what the animals on the Wells Fargo Family Farm eat, help them digest their food, and determine whose poop is whose. The website is not only fun but educational: each stage of the game provides players with interesting facts on popular farm animals, specifically cows, chickens and goats.
Why is Poop Important?
Since an animal can’t speak, poop is one waste product that offers a wealth of information that can be used to understand and help animals. We can learn if an animal is getting enough nutrients in its diet or if it’s not getting enough water. Perhaps the greatest thing about studying poop is that it is noninvasive; we do not have to trap or touch the animal to obtain important information which minimizes stress. At the Zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm, poop is turned into compost and re-used as fertilizer for the crop field, vegetable garden and pasteur. The Zoo has produced a video featuring a zoologist and veterinarian discussing what we learn from studying poop.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).