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Animal Grossology

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Editorial Review

Exhibit of the week

By Amy Orndorff
Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

With interactive video games, animatronic animals and a plethora of poop, there's no doubt that "Animal Grossology," a new exhibition at the National Geographic Museum based on Sylvia Branzei's science book series, is aimed at kids.

A cow that burps and farts (and teaches the bovine digestive system) greets visitors near the entrance. If you're easily offended, it is a good litmus test as to whether you'll make it through the exhibit.

While borderline crude, "who knew?" facts abound. Who knew a dung beetle can move a dung ball up to 50 times its weight? Or that a lady bug has yellow blood? Or that flies pee every 4.5 minutes regardless of where they land?

Kids can use these facts to win interactive games. In "Transfusion Confusion," kids learn about colors of blood and then see who can correctly match up the creature to the color. In "Party Poopers" kids learn why poop looks different and then attempt to match the scat to the animal.

"Animal Grossology" runs through Jan. 2 at National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.ngmuseum.org. 202-857-7700. $8, $6 students and seniors, $4 ages 5 to 12.