SPRING COMPOST SALE:
Sale starts Monday, April 7, 2014
Pick up dates will be either Saturday, May 10 or Sunday, May 18.
What do we do with all the Poo?
Recycle it and sell it, of course! As part of a comprehensive on-grounds conservation program in
cooperation with area composters, the Zoo processes approximately 4,000 cubic yards of manure, hay,
straw, wood shavings, woodchips, herbaceous material and leaves. At our windrow composting facility,
we produce mounds of rich, sweet smelling, and most exotic soil amendment in Northeast Ohio. Zoo
horticulturists use the compost to prepare spectacular gardens throughout the Zoo's 183 acres.
- Every spring and fall, Zoo members and local residents have the opportunity to
purchase a bulk scoop or smaller quantities of the camel, elephant, giraffe,
kangaroo, reindeer, rhino, and zebra compost known as ZooPoo Compost. For just
$45 a cubic yard (non tax-deductible) — $60 for two yards — the compost is loaded
into your pickup truck. You may purchase smaller quantities if you bring your own
container (we'll supply the shovels) — 30-gallons (fill any hard-sided container equal
to 30-gallons, i.e. garbage can, Rubbermaid totes, etc.) for $15 or a 5-gallon bucket
- In 2012, the Zoo's Horticulture staff planted a "Browse" Garden in an area just west
of the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Veterinary Medicine. They planted over 62
trees and shrubs using soil excavated from a construction project on Zoo grounds. In
2013, they added more trees and shrubs as well as Bamboo, Giant Reed Grass, and
several varieties of Banana and Hibiscus. Due to the poor soil conditions, it was
imperative that they use as much ZooPoo Compost as possible during the planting.
Once the plants have been established, they will prune branches strategically in
order to provide a continual supply of fresh plant material for animal enrichment and
Want to learn more about compost and its benefits? Download the US Composting Council Fact Sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Sustainability Manager, Nancy Hughes at (216) 635-3337.