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Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest begins Friday

February 25th, 2014 · Comments

Woodland Park Zoo’s highly anticipated Spring Fecal Fest begins this Friday, giving gardeners the opportunity to purchase prized compost made from zoo animal droppings. Fecal Fest runs Friday, Feb. 28 through Monday, March 17.

Composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect to grow your veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Since this special fertilizer is limited, you have to enter a lottery for the chance to purchase. Online entry forms will be available beginning on Friday. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing (there are separate drawings for Zoo Doo and Bedspread). Entries will be selected randomly and only selected entries will be contacted. Phone and mail orders are not accepted.

Zoo Doo steaming with vent tubes Ryan Hawk-resized

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Pick-up dates are April 5-19. You provide the truck and labor, the zoo provides the shovels.

Prices for both Zoo Doo and Bedspread are:

  • Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60
  • Pick-up truck 6×4 bed: $45
  • Pick-up truck 6×3 bed: $35
  • Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size
  • Bags: $4 to $6 depending on size
  • Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

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