A FALL COMPOST SALE is held every year.
This year's sale ended Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
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 4,500 cubic yards of manure, hay, straw, wood shavings, woodchips, herbaceous material and leaves. At our windrow composting facility, we produce mounds of the rich, sweet smelling, and most exotic soil amendment in Northeast Ohio. The site has produced up to 300 cubic yards of finished product in a year. 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 rich camel, elephant, giraffe, kangaroo, reindeer, rhino, and zebra compost known as ZooPoo. For just $40 a cubic yard (non tax-deductible) — $55 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 for $5.
- The Zoo's Horticulture staff is in the process of planting a "Browse" Garden in an area just west of the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, they planted over 62 trees and shrubs using soil excavated from a construction project on Zoo grounds. In 2013, they plan to add 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 is imperative that they use as much ZooPoo Compost as possible during planting. Once the plants have been established, they will prune branches strategically in order to provide a continual supply of browse material for animal enrichment and diet.
Want to learn more about compost and its benefits? Download the US Composting Council Fact Sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Hughes at (216) 661-6500 x4508.