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Claim CH514:

The eight-person crew aboard Noah's ark was sufficient to feed and care for all the animals.


Woodmorappe, John, 1996. Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study, Santee, CA: ICR, pp. 71-81.


  1. Three hundred and twenty full-time employees are needed to care for fewer than 3000 animals at the Washington National Zoo (Grimaldi and Barker 2003). Granted, many of these would be working on administration and visitor concerns that would not have existed on the ark. Still, assuming that only a quarter of them cared for animals, that is still eighty people to care for 3000 animals. On the ark, there were eight people to tend more than 15,000 animals (assuming Noah's crew were not needed to do maintenance and bail water). They would have had to work more than fifty times harder than professional zookeepers. Double shifts are not enough to make up the difference.

    Accepting Woodmorappe's number of 15,754 animals aboard the ark, and assuming the crew attended to them sixteen hours per day (a very generous assumption), each animal would receive an average of about thirty seconds of attention per day for all its needs.

  2. Labor-saving mechanisms proposed by Woodmorappe are unrealistic. For example:
  3. Woodmorappe did not consider some time-consuming tasks:


  1. Batten, R. Peter, 1976. Living trophies. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
  2. Grimaldi, James V. and Karlyn Barker, 2003. Spelman's style polarizing zoo employees. Washington Post, April 28, 2003; Page A01.

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