Sections of the Microbe Zoo preview


Macroscopic zoos generally arrange their layout by grouping animals based on the habitats from which they come. Typically they have displays such as the African savanna (with lions and giraffes and antelopes), the polar pavilion (polar bears and penguins and seals), and so forth. One way to access the creatures in the Microbe Zoo is via a similar grouping based on habitats, as illustrated in the main zoo map:

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The habitats represented in the Microbe Zoo include:

Each of these main areas is further subdivided into several more specific habitats where interesting microbial populations are found.

DirtLand

picture of DirtLand
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

The subsections of DirtLand include:

Animal Pavilion

picture of the Animal Pavilion
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

The subsections of the Animal Pavilion include:

Space Adventure

picture of the Space Adventure pavilion
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

The Space Adventure pavilion has two main themes: speculation about extraterrestrial life and the forms that it might take, and attempts to use microbes in creating closed-cycle ecosystems to support future space stations and lunar bases. Microbes relevant to these two themes will be featured in the Space Adventure pavilion.

Water World

picture of the Water World pavilion
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

Microbes are found in abundance in many aquatic environments, such as streams, puddles, ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps, oceans and seas. Water World features such microbes, including pond-dwelling Euglena and the hosts of diatoms, phytoplankton and zooplankton that inhabit the world's oceans. The largest known bacterium, which can actually be seen with the naked eye, lives in the gut of a fish, and can also be seen in the Water World pavilion.


The Microbe Zoo also has a snack bar, an information booth, and a safari hut.

Snack Bar

picture of the Snack Bar 
in the Microbe Zoo
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

The Snack Bar is actually another microbial habitat. Microbes play a crucial role in the production of many foods and beverages, such as yogurt, bread (yeast), chocolate, beer and wine. When you order some food at the snack bar, look very closely at it - it could be moving, and it might still be more alive than you first suspected!

Information Booth

picture of the Information Booth in the Microbe Zoo
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

Stop by the Information Booth to find out general background information about microbes and the microbe zoo, to get help in learning how to use the Microbe Zoo software, or to set preferences to suit your needs concerning how the Microbe Zoo software operates.

Safari Hut

picture of the Safari Hut in the Microbe Zoo
(Image copyright 1995, Michigan State University Comm Tech Lab)

Step into the Safari Hut, pick up a camera, and make your visit to the Microbe Zoo into a photo safari expedition. Snap shots of your favorite microbes as you venture about the zoo. When you leave, you can print out copies of your "photos", or save them for later viewing in a paint program. Take home some momentos from your trip to the zoo!


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The DLC-ME is being developed by the Comm Tech Lab and the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University.