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Woodland Park Zoo’s ‘zoo doo’ program returns as a lottery

The African Savanna exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo. (MyNorthwest photo)

Zoo doo, Woodland Park Zoo’s composting program, is back. But the animal pen leftovers are so popular with local gardeners that it’s lottery-only this year.

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“I can’t imagine anything better than zoo doo,” says an avid Seattle gardener.

If you have a winning ticket, you still pay for the manure. Ten gallons of zoo doo is $12, and a truckload full is $55. Lottery entries are being taken until July 9.

The zoo doo is composed of species feces contributed by a variety of non-primate herbivores, such as rhinos, hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, and tapirs. It is a fully composted blend of animal manures mixed with bedding materials like straw and wood chips from the grounds of the zoo. The zoo says it’s perfect for growing veggies and annuals.

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Woodland Park Zoo composts approximately 500 tons of animal waste each year.

Learn more about zoo doo compost here.

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