By Joe Veyera
The Woodland Park Zoo’s popular Fall Fecal Fest is nearing its return, with local gardeners chomping at the bit for the chance to take home some of the most coveted doo in the city.
Beginning August 18, and running through September 7, gardeners can enter online at zoo.org/fecalfest to win a chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing, with the winning entries selected at random. Only those selected will be contacted, with pickup between September 20 and October 2.
Zoo Doo and Bedspread are considered to be some of the most compost and mulch in the Pacific Northwest. Zoo Doo is composed of feces from non-primate herbivores, such as elephants, hippos, and giraffes and is ideal for those looking to grow veggies and annuals. 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.
Gardeners can fill up a 8×4 pickup truck bed of Zoo Doo or Bedspread for $60, a 6×4 bed for $45 or a 6×3 bed for $35, with a limit of one truck bed per person. Depending on size, a garbage can full of Zoo Doo or Bedspread can run from $8 to $10, with bags running from $4 to $6. For the small-scale gardener, pint-sized buckets of both products are available anytime at the ZooStore for $4.95
(Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo)