Woodland Park Zoo’s annual fall Fecal Fest begins Aug. 22 for gardeners wanting to score some Zoo Doo by lottery. Zoo Doo is composed of feces from the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as tapirs, hippos and giraffes. There’s a limited supply of Zoo Doo this year, so it’s only available in 5-, 32- and 50-gallon amounts, with a maximum of 100 gallons per person. No truck loads are available.
However, Bedspread, the zoo’s composted mulch, is available by the truck load. “Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways. Apply it this fall and protect your soil all winter.”
Also available for the first time is Worm Doo, usually reserved for the zoo’s greenhouse. “Worm Doo is worm castings made from Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoo Doo compost and zoo coffee grounds. It is an exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden. It’s been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.” Worm Doo will be sold in pint-sized containers at ZooStores for $7 starting Aug. 22 while supplies last.
To enter the lottery for the opportunity to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread, you must fill out the online form at zoo.org/fecalfest from Aug. 22 to Sept. 14. Only one entry per person for each drawing. Winners will be able to pick up their prize from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15.
Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 25 gallons $15; 50 gallons $20. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. No truckloads. Pint-sized buckets are available at ZooStores for $4.95.
Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $50; 6×3 bed: $40. Winners can get up to two full truckloads per person.