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Elephant Poo in a Box

Submitted by on July 30, 2010 – 4:42 pmNo Comment

Let’s face it. Nothing says Christmas like some elephant poo in a box.”

Buy online at the Natural History Museum

Price: £4.89

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Initial thoughts: Elephant poo?  Elephant poo in a box?  This was my first reaction when I was told to expect this in the post, I mean what are you supposed to do with elephant poo?

Quite a lot as it turns out! The box includes rose seeds, which eventually grow into an Angel Rose (Rosa chinensis). You simply sow the provided seeds, water the box and watch your rose grow. When it is bigger, plant the rose out in your garden. In the wild, elephants eat a range of plants and fruit. The seeds are then distributed in their dung, which provides an ideal nutrient-rich environment for plants to grow. Apparently elephants can produce one tonne of dung per week – you can grow a lot of roses in that.

We Liked: Thankfully the dung is taken from UK zoos and safari parks then treated to remove germs and odours, ensuring no smelly whiffs. My girls still enjoyed chasing their Daddy around the house with the “smelly” poo and had lots of fun getting messy with the soil all over their hands.

I like that this gift is educational, my daughters enjoy learning about all types of environments and the elephant poo has helped to ignite their interest in wild animals.This is a green gift meaning sales of this product help support the Natural History Museum and it’s research into fighting diseases such as malaria.

We weren’t so keen on: I had promised the girls we could plant the poo straight after dinner but I failed to read the instructions first which state “Soak the seeds in warm water for 2 hours before planting,”  which mean they were a little disappointed.  We were not overly impressed by the minuscule size of the box either, I can’t imagine that the size of the Rose produced will be very big (though I may be wrong).

Overall: This would make a great novelty gift and not just for children, it’s not got a huge price tag and the fact that the product is environmentally friendly is a big plus.  And after all, nothing says Christmas like a box of elephant poo, right?

[Laura G, Wife of Bold]

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