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Zoo to teach young children about animal poop as an attraction

By Mason White 6:21 PM February 14, 2013
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By: John Roberts
Kids are curious and they love to learn new things. They also love to explore new things, but to learn the difference between animal poop? That might just be over the top.

Taiwan zoo officials, decided to cash in on something that is readily available to them and they have a lot of.

The zoo is offering a strange point of interest to attract young visitors during the winter season: animal poop. They hope to attract visitors by showing what the poop is made of, which will give people insight into the animals’ diet and breeding behavior, according to reports.

The Taipei Zoo, is trying to capitalize on the renewed interest in the animals after the release of the 3D movie “Life of Pi” directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee.

The movie shows a young Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and finds himself trapped in a lifeboat for 227 days. Several animals accompanied him on the surreal trip.

According to reports, zoo officials hope that the renewed interest in animals will bring kids to the zoo to learn more about them. By offering their unique class on animal poop, directors hope to spark kids interest in their zoo.

“Somehow the topic of poop is very exciting for kids especially those between the ages of 5 to 9-years-old. They might be our target for the winter holidays,” project director Lin Jun-lan, said.