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Naturalist Notebook 

August 5, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one
Scat Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall

This scat may be found in Africa, as its maker is native to regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It mostly contains remnants of plant materials, but also may have undigested bits of invertebrates. It is not very likely that you will see this scat because the animal that made it is endangered.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer on Tuesday, August 9th in the comments section.

This month we have a special display on Africa which includes books and specimens, including the one featured above. Don’t worry, it is safely enclosed in a display box. Come visit us in The Naturalist Center on the third floor here at the California Academy of Sciences if you’d like to see it in person.

Animal Diversity Web, by the University of Michigan, 1995-2008. Retrieved from http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html

Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 9:54 am


  1. Gorillas.

    Comment by Lorraine S. — August 5, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  2. A bonobo?

    Comment by Steph Spencer — August 5, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  3. Mountain gorilla?

    Comment by Marija — August 5, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  4. Mountain gorilla.

    Comment by Rochelle Germano — August 5, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  5. Pygmy Chimpanzee :)

    Comment by Andy — August 5, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  6. Hi There,

    I think the answer to your question is definetly not Mountain Gorilla as they are 100% Herbivore. Following is my answer:

    Western lowland gorillas – also eat insects and small invertebrates.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by Jyothi — August 6, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  7. Great guesses everyone! This is the scat of Gorilla beringei, which is known as the Eastern Gorilla or Mountain Gorilla in common parlance. This species consists of two subspecies, Gorilla beringei beringei (Mountain Gorilla) and Gorilla beringei graueri (Eastern Lowland Gorilla or Grauer’s Gorilla). They are primarily herbivorous, but may include some insects in their diet (sometimes by accident). The Wisconsin Primate Research Center has a great Primate Factsheet on the genus Gorilla, and there is information about the conservation status of Gorilla beringei on ICUN Red List website.
    Thanks for your guesses! We’ll put another Who Pooped game up on Friday, but in the meantime please take a guess about this week’s featured specimen

    Comment by nature — August 9, 2011 @ 8:56 am

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