Fecal Fest starts next week at Woodland Park Zoo

It is nearly that special time of year again where locals can get their hands on some of the famous Zoo Doo (a.k.a compost from Woodland Park Zoo) during the much anticipated Fall Fecal Fest.

This year the zoo is celebrating 31 years of offering, as they put it, “the richest, most prized compost in the Pacific Northwest.”

In case you weren’t aware, Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

Locals can now pick up the prized doo in 5, 32 and 50 gallon amounts with a maximum of 100 gallons per recipient. Unfortunately, Woodland Park Zoo reports that truck loads are not available this fall.

Bedspread, however, (the zoo’s premium composted mulch) will be 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.

The annual spring and fall Fecal Fests always attract local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-desired Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all winter.

Dr. Doo’s private reserve of Worm Doo, usually reserved for the zoo’s greenhouse, will also be sold this spring. Worm Doo is worm castings made from Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoo Doo compost and zoo coffee grounds.

According to Woodland Park Zoo, 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 the ZooStores for $10 starting August 22 with limited supply.

How do you get your hands on some Zoo Doo you may ask? Locals must enter the online lottery for their chance to purchase the prized doo. Entries will be accepted from August 22 through September 14.

Entries will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible, and only selected entries will be contacted for pick up between September 24 – October 15. Phone and mail orders are not accepted. Click here to check out prices for the different types/amounts.


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