Switch Zoo News and Reviews
Cool Site - "Create crazy animals that could never exist at this surrealistic virtual zoo!"

- Ten Cool Sites at The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in
San Francisco.
Technology & Learning Magazine

"If the zebrachee and lofadog aren't on your list of intriguing animals, pay a virtual visit to the Switcheroo Zoo... Educational Resources includes links to sites that offer in-depth information about the animals in the zoo, as well as interdisciplinary lesson plans and other teaching tools. Your students will be inspired to pen ditties like those included in the amusing collection of student-authored odes to their animal creations in Seven Poems and a Story."

- Kristen Kennedy, Editor's Choice,
Technology & Learning Magazine, The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12

Power to Learn - a service of Cablevision

"It's fascinating, factual, and fun...  A fascinating new piece of software called Switch Zoo... from the folks at Tubehead has taken an old kid favorite - mixing and matching animal heads, bodies and tails - to a most creative and truly giddy height through the magic of computer morphing. Using it, kids can literally pick and choose from hundreds of animal heads, bodies and tails to fashion together the critter they’ve always dreamed about... It’s a simple concept, but it’s amazing how it gets kids thinking about diversity, adaptation, and species specialization."

- Diane S. Kendall, Editor of Children's Software Press and Reviewer for Power to Learn, Cablevision's nationally recognized education initiative

Read the full review at Power to Learn

Parenting

The Best Computer Games
Parenting
magazine

"Players assemble any mixture of animal they can imagine from the heads, bodies, legs, and tails of 140 vividly lifelike onscreen critters. Beyond its sidesplitting humor, this dazzling game of mix and match teaches children accurate info about animals and lets them make up names and bios for their surreal menagerie. Looking for a Grandparents Day gift? Print pictures of and stories about your kids' wildest creations."

- Anne Reeks, Parenting magazine Contributing Editor and Tech Columnist for The Houston Chronicle

Click
"Finally, a little bit of random fun where you get to play creator, and design your own very weird and wonderful creatures..."

- Kate Russell, Click Webscape-r, BBC

Read the full review at BBC.co.uk

BBC World

The BBC also features Switch Zoo on:

  • BBC World, in the Webscape column
  • Smile, the place to be on Sunday mornings for music, cartoons, games and competitions
Selected for 101 Best Web Sites - ISTE Publications - 2005-2006 Switch Zoo is one of 12 science sites selected for the book,
101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers


"The premise for Switch Zoo is very simple: let people play with animal parts to create new animals. Really! This turns out to be quite fun for students of all ages. The site is artfully done, the new animals really do look most unusual, and the lesson plans for elementary-level use in both science and language arts are great..."

- James Lerman, 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers, published by the
International Society for Technology in Education
CTV.ca

Tech maven Kris Abel from CTV's Tech Life show includes Switch Zoo in his amazing collection of recommended sites.

"SwitchZoo gives users of all ages the fun of creating their own silly animal combinations while learning cool facts about the creatures they pick. Popular amongst teachers and animal lovers, the site's New York based creators have expanded with a number of fun games and activities that are just as much fun as the main concept..."

- Kris Abel, CTV.ca, Canadian Television network

Read the full review at CTV.ca

Common Sense Media

"Outstanding interactivity with an animal theme... Families who visit this website will be able to talk about animals and their habitats, make up funny names for the combined fantasy animals, and write captions for the pictures... At first you might think this is a simple “head of a bear, legs of a giraffe, tail of a crocodile” mix ‘n’ match game. It is, but there is more depth to it than that, as you’ll see..."  

- Jean Armour Polly, Net-mom® and the author of six editions of Net-mom's Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages, and Reviewer for Common Sense Media

USA Today

"You can't have this kind of fun at a regular zoo. (If you try this at your neighborhood zoo, we sincerely hope you get kicked out. Or chewed up.) Save your head, tail and torso-tossing exploits for switchzoo.com. Choose a base beast of the cheetah, dog, elephant, monkey, pig, rhino, zebra, bear or bison persuasion, and create the rest of the beast from your own zany imagination. Print your favorite mammal for friends to see — or laugh at — and get fun animal facts along the way."

- USA Today, Hot Sites

Read the review at USA Today