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Naturalist Notebook 

October 30, 2011

Who Pooped?


Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall, Scat courtesy of the Academy Docent Specimen Collection

This scat can be found in the grasslands, savannas and open country of Africa. The animal that makes this scat eats low quality grasses, which pass through its digestive system quite quickly. Therefore, the scat generally includes a good deal of coarse undigested material.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Wednesday, November 2nd.

If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.

Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 8:46 am


  1. Total guess….Meerkat scat!

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — October 31, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  2. Jaguar?

    Comment by Sandie Sing — October 31, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  3. I’m guessing an antelope, a reedbuck.

    Comment by Robert — October 31, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  4. My guess is a wildebeest.

    Comment by Norman — October 31, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  5. Is it an impala?

    Comment by Daniel — November 1, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  6. This one was a tough one! Thank you all for your guesses. Our poop this week was left by a Grant’s zebra (Equus quagga boehmi). To find out more about Grant’s zebras and see videos and photos of them, check out these websites:

    We’ll have another poop challenge soon, but in the meantime, see if you can figure out our new “Spotlight On…” challenge.

    Comment by nature — November 2, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

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